Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) - Lamb of God, 1937

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) - Lamb of God, 1937
Gelatin silver print - 1937 - stamped

Original - Probably unique - Museum piece
Photographer: ERWIN BLUMENFELD (1897 Berlin - 1969 Rome)
Title: Lamb of God (handwritten on verso by himself)
Year: 1937, handwritten on verso by himself) - (vintage print)
Signed: Photographers copyright stamp on verso
Print: Gelatin silver
Condition: Near fine, some negative based spots and subtile blends
Provenance: Dutch photo gallery based in The Hague (Galerie Fotokabinet), 2009 - Rotterdam based conceptual artist (Thomas Hageraats), Belgian art historian, critic, writer. Seen by the Erwin Blumendfeld Estate (e-mail correspondence from 2009 available to buyer).
Image size: 24.0 x 30.0 cm
Paper size: 24.0 x 30.0 cm

Keywords; Religious, Dutch, German, French, Jewish, Vogue, Historical, Rare, Museum
Top auction result: $ 124.806 (Philips, 08-05-2014)
Also see the other listing of Erwin Blumenfeld (Sourire de Rheims)

Erwin Blumenfeld was born in Berlin in 1897, moved to The Netherlands late 1918, and started a professional career in photography in 1934. In the 1930s, he published collages mocking Adolf Hitler. He emigrated to France in 1936, where his work was published in the fine art magazine Verve. When the Second World War broke out, he was interned in a concentration camp in 1940 because he was Jewish. In 1941, he could escape to the USA.

His more personal work is in black and white; his commercial work in fashion, much for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, is mostly in color. In both media he was a great innovator. In black and white he did all his work personally in the dark room. Vintage gelatin silver prints from his negatives are extremely rare, since almost all of his later work was shot on transparency film.

Together with André Kertesz and Man Ray, Blumenfeld was an important pioneer on creative photography. He experimented with solarization, double exposures, negative-positive combinations and montages. His early photographs of Madonna sculptures can be considered as lessons in composition and moods. Four of them where published in the book "My 100 best photos" (1979).

Recent exhibitions include Galerie Anders Thalman Zurich, Kicken Berlin, ParisGlobe Paris, Fotomuseum Den Haag and Gallery Modernism in San Francisco.

Pick up in The Hague, The Netherlands. Insured and registered shipping. The Netherlands € 20. Europe € 30. Worldwide € 50.

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