Item #CL203-42 Birth Of Venus. Max Dupain, 1911–1992 Aust.
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Birth Of Venus

c1930s/later printing. Silver gelatin photograph, signed and dated “[19]30s” in pencil on image lower right, titled in pencil on slip affixed to frame verso, 47.2 x 35.9cm. Framed.

Variant image held in the National Gallery of Australia with title Brave New World and dated “1935.” When making later printings of his work, Max Dupain tended to approximate the date of when the image was taken. So far the later printings of this image has been dated either 1930s or 1935 or 1938. Variant images consist of two or three negatives to create the montage. This particular image consists of two negatives.

“Max Dupain was one of the few photographers in Australia to fully explore Surrealism, and he became the leading portrait photographer in Sydney in the 1930s and 1940s. Dupain greatly admired the work of the American-French Dadaist and Surrealist photographer Man Ray (1890–1976), which appeared both in art magazines as well as popular magazines such as American Vogue. Like Man Ray, Dupain experimented with solarisation, double exposure and photomontage techniques, combining the human figure with natural forms, such as shells, and mechanical components.” Ref: National Gallery of Victoria.

Item #CL203-42

Price (AUD): $12,000.00  other currencies

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