Untitled (Otti Berger on a Balcony of the Bauhaus Studio Building in Dessau), Gertrud Arndt
Gertrud Arndt
Untitled (Otti Berger on a Balcony of the Bauhaus Studio Building in Dessau)
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Gertrud Arndt

Untitled (Otti Berger on a Balcony of the Bauhaus Studio Building in Dessau), 1930


Blatt
8.5 x 6.1 cm
Passepartout
40 x 30 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.2839
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with support from the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessischer Kulturstiftung, joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Unexpected perspectives and bold compositions heralded a new pictorial aesthetic at the Bauhaus. The portrait is a rigorous composition in which the model Otti Berger serves as a focal point in the midst of the serially arranged balconies of the Dessau Studio House façade. Max Pfeiffer Watenphul staged the costumed Grete Willers in a role play. Both photographers had already been experimenting with photography before it was introduced as a teaching subject at the Bauhaus in 1929. The school had set out to dissolve the boundary between free and applied art by adopting creative approaches to various forms of artistic expression. Under pressure from the National Socialists, it would cease operations just three years later.

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Title
Untitled (Otti Berger on a Balcony of the Bauhaus Studio Building in Dessau)
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet verso oben Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: (- unleserlich -)
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Otti Berger; 1930
Bezeichnet verso Mitte rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 34
Bezeichnet verso unten Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: aufgenommen; dessau, den 1. Okt.; 1930
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso unten Mitte links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: HYZ120830

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Gemeinsames Eigentum mit dem Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with support from the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessischer Kulturstiftung, joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Last update

19.02.2024