Ruth Bernhard (American, 1905-2006)
Perspective II, 1967, printed 1996 by Sal Lopes, published by Debra Heimerdinger Fine Art Photographs, San Francisco, number 1 of an edition of 35. Signed "Ruth Bernhard" in pencil l.r., inscribed with artist's copyright, title, print date, edition, and publisher in pencil in a later hand on the verso. Platinum palladium print, image size 9 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (24.8 x 38.7 cm), sheet size 14 x 20 in. (35.6 x 50.8 cm), unmatted, unframed.
N.B. A folio with the artist's monogram printed on the cover and the artist's name, title, and original print date printed on the inside fold of the folio accompanies the lot.
"My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. To indicate the ideal proportion, to reveal sculptural mass and the dominating spirit is my goal." -Ruth Bernhard
Although Bernhard began her career as a commercial photographer, it was a chance meeting with Edward Weston that convinced her of the creative possibilities of the photographic medium. Her fine use of light and shadow, along with her close-up perspective of the contours of the female nude, resulted in images charged with erotic power and emotional depth. Her formal precision produced works of breathtaking radiance and resonance that have fixed her place as one of the greatest photographers of the nude form.
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