Still Life with Pineapple and Cactus
Florence Henri (American, 1893–1982)
Image/Sheet/Mount: 22.1 x 29.1 cm (8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Photograph, gelatin silver print
Not On View
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.
signed, dated on verso, and titled "nature morte"
Prakapas Gallery, New York; purchased February 1986.
Sophie M. Friedman Fund
© Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa, Italy