Juliet's Shadow Caged

1939, printed 1940


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 34.9 x 27.9 cm (13 3/4 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

1984.147

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print, solarized

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

(Chicago)


György Kepes, professor of visual design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for nearly thirty years, began his teaching career in 1937 at Chicago’s New Bauhaus, which was founded by his teacher and Hungarian compatriot László Moholy-Nagy. This institution, where experimental techniques including photograms, photomontages, and solarization were encouraged, became one of the most influential modern schools of photography in the United States. In Juliet’s Shadow Caged, the model’s head is enclosed in a cubic frame and casts an exaggerated shadow due to raking light from a high angle. The picture is broken up, like sections of stained glass, by the barlike shadows of the frame. With its narrow tonal range of silvery grays, the solarized image seems eerie and otherworldly, passing into the surreal dimension suggested by the title.

Inscription

Inscribed verso in pencil: "V.P. 14./Gyorgy Kepes/1940".

Provenance

Brent Sikkema, Boston; purchased April 1984.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.