Ernst Haas - Photographs New York Monday, July 13, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Ernst Haas: Color Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, August - October 1962

  • Catalogue Essay

    The photograph offered here was shown at The Museum of Modern Art in 1962 in the retrospective Ernst Haas: Color Photography, curated by John Szarkowski. While the exhibition’s emphasis was on Haas’ color photographs, Szarkowski included a small selection of black-and-white works. As is characteristic of MoMA’s exhibition style in the 1950s and 1960s, this photograph is on a thick flush-mount which gives it a commanding presence on the wall.

    Whether working in color or black-and-white, in the natural world, on movie sets, or on the road, Haas was ever sensitive to the expressive capabilities of light. In this image he has captured the drama of sunlight breaking through the clouds over the dunes of White Sands, New Mexico.


White Sands, New Mexico

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
13 1/8 x 19 1/2 in. (33.3 x 49.5 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, labels affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $16,250

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New York Auction 13 July 2020