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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    FLORENCE HENRI (1893-1982)

    Composition (bobbins and mirrors), 1928

    Price Realised  


    FLORENCE HENRI (1893-1982)
    Composition (bobbins and mirrors), 1928
    gelatin silver print
    signed in pencil on recto; signed and titled by photographer, numbered '22' in another hand in pencil on verso
    11 x 14¾in. (28 x 37.5cm.)

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    Gustav Stotz, Director of Film und Foto, commented in 1929 in the May issue of Das Kunstblatt on the distinctive elements of the new photography: 'A new optic has developed. We see things differently now, without painterly intent in the impressionistic sense. Today things are important that earlier were hardly noticed: for example shoe laces, gutters, spools of thread, fabrics, machines, etc. They interest us for their material substance, for the simple quality of the thing-in-itself; they interest us as means of creating space-form on surfaces....' (quoted in Coke, Avantgarde Photography in Germany 1919-1939, Schirmer-Mosel, 1992, p.34)

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    As lot 27.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Florence Henri, Martini & Ronchetti Gallery, Genova, 1975, n.p; Bertonati, Das Experimentelle Photo in Deutschland 1918-1940, Galeria del Levante, 1978, p.21; Mellor (ed.), Germany: The New Photography 1927-33, The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978, p.37; du Pont, Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1990, pl.9, no.15.