Otto STEINERT, Mask of the dancer. (Maske einer Tanzerin) Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1915 – 1978

Mask of the dancer. (Maske einer Tanzerin) [Maske einer Tanzerin (Mask of the dancer)] 1952 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed & dated, recto of mount, l.r., ball point pen, "Otto Steinert / 1952" Signed, verso of mount, c.r., ball point pen, "Otto Steinert". Inscribed, recto of mount, l.l.,ball point pen, "Maske einer Tanzerin". Inscribed, of mount, ball point pen, "original [underlined] / `Maske einer Tanzerin' / montage - negativdruck / ..." [tanslated = montage - negative print]
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed, recto of mount, u.r., pencil, "5" [circled] ;l.l., pencil, "RK1383 1TT1" Inscribed, verso of mount, pencil, l.l.edge, "P8911226"; l.c.edge "13" [circled].
Dimensions: image 34.0 h x 26.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.2038

Otto Steinert was co-founder of the German group Fotoform and a leading exponent of the post-war Subjective Photography movement. Steinert and his Fotoform comrades sought to reassert the value of personal expression in photography in the wake of Nazi rule. His work drew heavily on the ideas and techniques of the Bauhaus and Surrealist photographers of the pre-war period in his quest for a highly experimental, studio-based photographic practice that would ‘be able to lay bare all the technical and creative possibilities that are proper to the visual experience of our times’.

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