Egg on Block, Paul Outerbridge
Paul Outerbridge
Egg on Block
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Paul Outerbridge

Egg on Block, 1923


Bild
11.9 x 9.4 cm
Physical Description
Platinum print mounted on carcboard
Inventory Number
St.F.149
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

To Paul Outerbridge, a small chicken egg posed a great challenge. In this case it meant taking 4,000 photos before he was satisfied with the form and surface. Objects were of primary importance to the perfectionist. He worked on their representation until they had an animate and unique quality. As if it were an objet trouvé – something found by chance – he presents the egg on a small block, raising the everyday to the status of an artwork. In the 1920s, Outerbridge was particularly successful in photographing objects for advertising.

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Basic Information

Title
Egg on Block
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Platinum print mounted on carcboard
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso oben links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 028
Bezeichnet verso oben rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: MM - S - (unleserlich)
Bezeichnet verso unten links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: RK 893

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 48C244 pedestal of a piece of sculpture (perhaps in the form of a herm)

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22.10.2020