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Michael Kenna

Chariot of Apollo, Versailles, France, 1988

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Lot 44
Gelatin silver print
8.0 x 10.0 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Edition of 45
Signed and dated on lower right, recto; numbered on lower left, recto


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Manipulating exposure time and other technical processes, Michael Kenna creates serene, dreamlike landscapes that envision the traces of human intervention within the poetic logic of nature. Here, the Fountain of Apollo at Versailles appears hazy and indistinct against a tunnel of manicured trees. Despite this ethereal stylization, the artist’s subject imparts a strong narrative touch of divine drama.

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About Michael Kenna

Declared “the greatest photographer of the nude” by Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard (American, 1905 – 2006) is one of the most important black-and-white photographers of the 20th century. Bernhard was born in Berlin, joining her father in New York in 1927. In 1934, she produced the photography for the first catalogue published by The Museum of Modern Art, “Machine Art”, and the following year she was prompted by Edward Weston to pursue her work seriously. Bernhard sensuously depicted the nude female form in many of her photographs alongside erotically charged still lifes.