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Temptation of St. Anthony

about 1940
Ellen Auerbach (American (born Germany), 1906–2004)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 27.5 x 20.6 cm (10 13/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1995.98

Medium or Technique

Photograph, three-color carbro print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Ellen Auerbach, a modernist photographer who was active on both sides of the Atlantic, created works characterized by inventive exploration of new techniques and visual effects. She made this unique carbro print after fleeing Nazi Germany and eventually settling in the United States. The complex carbro process involved the meticulous layering of three different colored emulsions, which enhanced the uncanny juxtaposition of a reclining female nude and a city street in this modern interpretation of the temptation of St. Anthony. The life of the fourth-century ascetic, who was severely tested by worldly things and the weaknesses of the flesh, was a timeless subject that appealed to Auerbach and resonated with Surrealist painters, including Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst.

Signed

Signed by artist on the verso

Provenance

Gerd Sander, 1980; private collection; gift May 1995.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Copyright

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.