20 October 2003
Bewegungsstudie (Study of Movement)
Gelatin silver print. 1925. Signed in pencil on the passe-partout.
10 7/8 x 8 1/8in. (27.8 x 20.7cm.)
Christie's, London, 6 May 1993, lot 122;
to the present owner.
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See: Faber, et al., Rudolf Koppitz: 1884-1936, front cover, pp. 71, 83.
This is an exceptional print of Koppitz's most iconic work and one of the most recognized images of European 20th century photography. Made in the 1920s during the Viennese Secessionist movement, Bewegungsstudie (Study of Movement) captures four professional dancers posed by Koppitz into a sensual composition of form and line. The influences of his Viennese contemporaries are clear, particularly Gustav Klimt. The flowing lines of the drapery create a classically pyramidal form dramatically setting off the sinuous lines of the nude floating against the darkness of the background.
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