Still Life with Pineapple and Cactus

1931
Florence Henri (American, 1893–1982)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet/Mount: 22.1 x 29.1 cm (8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1986.25

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Although she initially trained as a painter, Florence Henri discovered the camera as a student at the Bauhaus, which had become a center for photographic experimentation under the influence of László Moholy-Nagy and his wife, Lucia. Like many of her fellow students, Henri worked in a variety of techniques, including negative prints and multiple exposures. Some of her most spatially challenging images, however, are straight photographs of everyday objects. Henri featured mirrors in a number of her still lifes, their reflective surfaces enabling her to fracture the photographic space into sharply angled shapes, such as the fragmented forms of this spiky cactus and pineapple.

Inscription

signed, dated on verso, and titled "nature morte"

Provenance

Prakapas Gallery, New York; purchased February 1986.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa, Italy
www.florencehenri.com