Woman before a Mirror, Heinrich Kühn
Heinrich Kühn
Woman before a Mirror
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Heinrich Kühn

Woman before a Mirror, 1906


Bild
72.1 x 53.9 cm
Physical Description
Gum bichromate print in reddish brown
Inventory Number
St.F.190
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Uta and Wilfried Wiegand. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Painting, graphic art or photograph? Smudged details and blurred outlines printed on coarse paper in an unusually large scale make it difficult to categorise this work – and intentionally so. Around 1900, the pioneer of photography Heinrich Kühn experimented with so-called noble printing techniques such as gum printing. He sought to enhance the appreciation of the new medium. The young woman’s pose, her gaze into the mirror and her soft contours are inspired by painting. Kühn inextricably combined different media to great atmospheric effect.

About the Donation

The Städelscher Museums-Verein acquired the photographic collection of Uta and Wilfried Wiegand with the financial support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessische Kulturstiftung. The museum also received part of the collection as a gift from the owners. Consisting of some 200 photographs from the nineteenth century and Classic Modernism, the Wiegand Collection is one of the most important photo collections worldwide. Assembled since the 1970s, the collection provides an outstanding record of the development of photography as a medium.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Woman before a Mirror
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Gum bichromate print in reddish brown
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts im Bild handschriftlich: „Heinrich / KUEHN“
Rückseitig gestempelt: „HERMANN SPEER / LICHTBILD-ATELIER / UND FOTOGRAFISCHE / VERSUCHSWERKSTATT /MÜNCHEN-NYMPHENBURG / BRUNHILDENSTRASSE 28 / BILD-NR. ....“ (handschriftlich:) „9“

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Uta and Wilfried Wiegand. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D15(+2) adult woman (+ back view)
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31A511 mirror
  • 31AA51111 reflection (in a mirror) - AA - (for) women
Secondary

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02.12.2019