Ruth Bernhard

(Germany, United States of America 1905 – 18 Dec 2006)

Draped torso

Not on display
Further information

'In photographing the nude, it is my aim to transform the complexities of the figure into harmonies of simplified form, illuminating the innate life force and spirit as well as the underlying remarkable bone structure. The endless variety of nature's designs and shapes amaze and thrill me...

Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends.

For me, the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. Whether working with a human figure or a still life, I am deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it.' Ruth Bernhard 1986

gelatin silver photograph
34.3 x 22.3 cm image; 50.5 x 40.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated verso, pencil "1962 Ruth Bernhard". Signed l.r.corner, pencil "Ruth Bernhard".

Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
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