Landweg in Kärnten, Mai 1957

Landscape with road in Kärnten, May 1957

1957


Dimensions

Sheet: 39.05 x 29.5 cm (15 3/8 x 11 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.661

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

vintage print


Toni Schneiders’s photographs isolate abstract forms and patterns found in nature. In 1949, Schneiders and a number of other German photographers formed the Fotoform group, which spawned the Subjektive Fotografie movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His image of a bicyclist on a serpentine stretch of road is characteristic of the group’s emphasis on daring black-and-white images that verge on almost total abstraction. Schneiders was clearly fascinated by the tendency of the aerial view to simplify the details of the landscape into graphic patterns and turn the distant figure into a dark speck on the bright ribbon of pavement.

Inscription

Verso: UR: in graphite, 5/76 87 Mai 1957; center: studio stamp in black ink/in graphite, "Landweg in Karnten"; LR: in graphite, signature of the artist.

Provenance

PhotoArt GmbH, Hamburg, Germany; from purchased by MFA, June 2000.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Toni Schneiders/PhotoArt. Reproduced with permission.