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Chemigraphik Oxydationsprozess

Kilian Breier (German, born in 1931)


Image: 39.37 x 30.48 cm (15 1/2 x 12 in.) Mount: 43.2 x 33.3 cm (17 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Photography



unique vintage gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard, signed and documented on recto on the mount

Kilian Breier’s chemically produced photograph is an example of the type of unique cameraless pictures for which he is known, beautifully balancing expressive freedom on the one hand and mechanical control on the other. Created in the darkroom by flowing layers of developer on a piece of photographic paper, it is reminiscent of the delicate veil-like drips in the stain paintings of his American contemporaries Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis. Breier was a member of the so-called Subjektive Fotografie movement, which emphasized using experimental techniques to make graphic black-and-white pictures such as this that straddle the line between objective representation and abstraction.


In graphite, on mount, l.l.: Chemigrafik oxydationsprozess; l.r.: 1953-55 Kilian Breier


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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John and Olivia Parker


© Kilian Breier