Poet's Garden

Accession Number

Poet's Garden

André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

9 15/16 in x 7 15/16 in (25.24 cm x 20.16 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);9 15/16 in x 7 15/16 in (25.24 cm x 20.16 cm);9 5/16 in x 7 5/8 in (23.65 cm x 19.37 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick

Subject matter
In this found still life, Kertész depicts a sculptural bust propped on top of a pile of stones, alongside a stem bursting with floral blooms that reaches upward and parallel with the left margin of the photograph. More plants emerge from the crevices between the rocks, and trees and grass can be seen in the background, suggesting the scene takes place in a garden. The sculpture's peaceful expression normalizes the subject, although there is a distinct surreality to this decapitated head nestled amongst flowers and stones.

Physical Description
Photograph of a sculptural bust on top of a pile of rocks with a stem of flowers growing alongside.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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flora (plants)
gardens (open spaces)
heads (animal components)
sculpture (visual works)
stone (worked rock)

4 Related Resources

Art of interest to Judaic Studies
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
PAST - June: National Outdoors & Gardening Month     
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
André Kertész
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

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