Untitled (Still Life: Interior with Horse Chestnuts, Lamp, and Tea Kettle)

about 1911
Heinrich Kühn (Austrian, 1866–1944)


Dimensions

Image: 33.7 x 45.7 cm (13 1/4 x 18 in.) Sheet: 35.9 x 48.3 cm (14 1/8 x 19 in.)

Accession Number

1979.162

Medium or Technique

Photograph, platinum and gum bichromate combination print

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Titled in Baldwin, Looking at Photographs, as Still LIfe with Flowers, Lamp and Urn, and dated c. 1905


Heinrich Kühn was a major figure in Pictorialism, an international movement that conceived of photography as a fine art and emphasized broad tonal effects that minimized detail. A warm, intimate closeness emanates from this atmospheric interior view, which features a dark mass of horse chestnuts in blossom. In counterpoint to the softly focused bough, lamplight illuminates, with varying intensity, the metal teapot, wooden desk, and ribbed leaves. A master of the gum bichromate process, Kühn made alterations in the print to achieve this broad, expressive range of tones, and he used a heavy, textured paper to enhance the painterly quality. Kühn adhered to Pictorialist principles throughout his long career.

Inscription

Various pencil notations in photographer's hand on verso.

Markings

PDP Watermark Type: WM.: Carl Schull.

Provenance

Graphics International Ltd., Washington, D.C.; purchased April 1979.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna