Oskar Nerlinger

Der Gutmütige Fisch (The Friendly Fish)

Photography Silver-Gelatin Photogram  
7.25 x 5.25 in

Unique 1/1

Very rare photogram from a series for a children's picture book. Circa 1928. Oskar Nerlinger (1896-1969) used a unique technique by creating his transparent paper collages which became "paper negatives" for his photograms. Nerlinger was a influential German Expressionism artist who was included in the seminal "Film und Foto" Stuttgart exhibition in 1929. His work is held in the collections of many world leading institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, and LACMA.
Gelatin silver print, photogram mounted on board signed and titled in pencil below image on the mount; annotated 'Fotogramme' in pencil and photographer's stamp ‘Nerlinger, Berlin Charlottenburg 5/Dernbürgstr. 25' on the reverse of the mount.
Print: 18.3 x 13.1 cm. (7.25 x 5.25 in.)
Mount: 32.4 x 24.8 cm. (12¾ x 9¾ in.)
Provenance:
Christie's Auction - "Light Volume and Form: Photographs from the Shalom Shpilman Collection"; Estate of the artist.
Literature:
Heidrun Schröder-Kehler, Vom Abstrakten zum politischen Konstruktivismus: Oskar Nerlinger und die Berliner group ‘Die Abstrakten’ (1919 bis 1933), Rheine/Westfalen, 1984, chapter VI, pl.250

Condition:
Warm toned print on semi-matte paper trimmed to edges and mounted on board. Faint wear throughout, minor very light creases on the lower part of the image, visible in raking light only under very close inspection, not affecting image significantly. Overall in excellent condition.

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