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A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1930

Artist:

Eli Lotar
French, 1905–1969

About this artwork

Eli Lotar worked in Paris between the two world wars and is best known for his experimental films and uncanny photographic contributions to the Surrealist publication “Documents.” In this image, however, Lotar delivered a gentle abstraction: perhaps shot during a pause in a circus routine, the image freezes a swinging rope ladder, creating a geometric contrast with the tent’s luminous canvas panels. In February 1932, New York collector and gallery owner Julien Levy, who is commonly credited with introducing Surrealism to an American audience, included Lotar’s work in an influential exhibition titled “Modern European Photography.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Eli Lotar

Title

Untitled

Origin

France

Date

Made 1925–1935

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; stamped verso, upper right, in black ink: "JULIEN LEVY GALLERY, INC. / 15 EAST 57th STREET / NEW YORK CITY"; verso, center, in black ink: "Photo ELI LOTAR"; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "[illegible] / #5"; verso, lower center, in graphite: "1" [encircled]

Dimensions

10.7 × 14.3 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean Levy and the Estate of Julien Levy

Reference Number

1988.157.43

Extended information about this artwork

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