Hertha Thiele #7

2007–11
Matt Saunders (American, born in 1975)


Dimensions

31 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (80 x 60 cm)

Accession Number

2011.1899

Medium or Technique

Oil on linen

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

Saunders’s ghostly portraits of silver and light were inspired by Hertha Thiele #7, his thinly painted profile of a Weimar-era German silver-screen star. From found photographs of her, Saunders worked backward to paint “negatives” on linen. He experimented by projecting light through the linen onto photographic paper and found the paint alternately refracts or blocks light. He hand-develops each sheet to produce original reproductions he terms “ersatz paintings,” like Field Day (Crowd) #4, his imagined film-still with Thiele at center.

Provenance

2011, sold by the artist to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 16, 2011)

Credit Line

James N. Krebs Purchase Fund for 21st Century Paintings

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.