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Between and Mortarboard

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Harry Callahan

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

7 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in (19.4 cm x 23.5 cm);13 15/16 in x 16 15/16 in (35.4 cm x 43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Two Friends of the Museum

Subject matter
This is a black-and-white photograph of a dark interior, barely lit by daylight through a window. A large casement window is in the center of the image. In the bottom right corner, a nude woman sits on a chair with her back turned toward the viewer. She faces a set of table and chairs, partially cropped from view. The image stages a dramatic juxtaposition between the deep black of the unlit left and upper sides of the composition and the pure brilliance of white light streaming from the windows. Between these zones are passages of delicate tonal gradation that reveal the uneven texture of the wall. The nude figure, likewise, is materialized through a similar play of tonal juxtapositions: the sharply delimited contours where light strikes her left and right arm contrasts with the middle of her back and head which is enveloped in darkness, receding from view.

Physical Description
Dark interior lit by window light, featuring a seated nude turned away from the viewer.

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interior views
modern and contemporary art
nudes (representations)
window components

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