Untitled ("Snowberries"), Herbert Schürmann
Herbert Schürmann
Untitled ("Snowberries")
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Herbert Schürmann

Untitled ("Snowberries"), 1932


Blatt
11 x 8.2 cm
Gesamtmaß
11.9 x 8.7 cm
Passepartout
40 x 30 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.2827
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

Herbert Schürmann’s aim was to make the specific materiality and various surface structures of the objects stand out in his photographs. To that end, he employed dark–light and smooth–rough contrasts which he developed to a high degree of precision. For example, he arranged smooth, white snowberries on a dark, coarsely woven fabric. In another scene he presented an earthenware jug lying on its side in such a way that its shiny-smooth glaze contrasts with the matt, unglazed surface of its base. He took both of these shots at the Bauhaus in the framework of the photography course that had only been established there in 1929 with Walter Peterhans as its teacher. Few photos have come down to us from that training context.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Untitled ("Snowberries")
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso unten Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 52
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: HYZ120818

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 25G1 plants (in general)
Secondary
Associative
  • 41E1 still life of related objects
  • 2 Nature

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19.02.2024