12 October 2000
FREDERICK SOMMER (1905-1999)
Gelatin silver print. 1949. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on the reverse of the mount.
93/8 x 73/8in. (23.8 x 18.7cm.)
From the artist;
to a friend and student, Chicago, circa 1957;
to the present owner.
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See: Aperture 10:4, 1962, Frederick Sommer, 1939-1962 photographs, p. 144; Center for Creative Photography, Sommer Words/Images, pl. 12; Weiss, Venus, Jupiter and Mars, exhibition checklist supplement, fig. 37.
I like the simplicity
that permits us to be more comfortably bedded in complexity
- Frederick Sommer, Aperture 10:4, 1962, p. 163.
In 1956 Harry Callahan became the first photographer to receive the Graham Foundation award for advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, a $10,000 stipend which he used to live abroad the folowing year. In 1957 Frederick Sommer replaced Callahan for the year as Lecturer in Photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago. While there he taught design and studio photography and spent the year living with Aaron Siskind. It is believed that the photograph offered was acquired directly from the photographers by a relative of the present owners at in 1957. In addition lots 336, 401 and 402 in the following day sale, 13 October 2000, share the same provenance
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