Albert Renger-Patzsch - The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, Part 1 New York Monday, April 3, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 20 April 1994, lot 65

  • Literature

    Museum Folkwang, Essen, Albert Renger-Patzsch: Bilder aus der Fotografischen Sammlung und dem Girardet-Foto-Archiv der Ruhr-Universität Bochum im Museum Folkwang, s.129
    Privatdruck Siepmann-Werke AG, Bilder aus der Landschaft zwischen Ruhr und Möhne, pl. 6.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Albert Renger-Patzsch used photography to document the exact appearance of things. He rejected any claim of artistry for himself, believing that artistry resided in the essence of the object—in the thing itself. His photographs of the material world, from plants and animals to landscapes and man-made structures, have been recognized, along with August Sander’s portraits, as cornerstones of the post-World War I movement that came to be known as Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity).

    The subject of fir trees in a forest, with their repeating patterns of dark, vertical trunks and upwardly extending branches, is one to which Renger-Patzsch returned again and again, from the 1920s on. These studies constitute a powerful example of what Carl George Heise wrote in his introduction to Renger-Patzsch’s 1928 volume, Die Welt ist Schön (The World is Beautiful): that photography can help us “see anew the symbolism of the fullness of life itself, inexhaustible in all of its parts."


Spätherbst im Fichtenwald

Gelatin silver print.
15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (38.4 x 28.3 cm)
'Wamel-Dorf über Soest I. W.' credit stamp on the verso.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $27,500

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The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, Part 1

New York 3 April 2017