Bastienne, from "The Silver Edition, Volume I"

Accession Number

Bastienne, from "The Silver Edition, Volume I"

Ralph Gibson

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
photograph on fiber paper

19 1/16 in x 13 in (48.5 cm x 33 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Selma and Gerry Lotenberg

Subject matter
This is the cover photograph for Ralph Gibson's book, "Infanta", (1995) that presented a group of his photographic studies of women. His abstraction of facial features against a blank black background reveals his formalist, yet sensual approach. "When I make a photograph, I move in closer and I take things away, and I take things away, until I get everything out the frame except what I want. Therefore my process is considered subtractive." []

Physical Description
This black and white photograph shows a portion of a woman's face against a solid black background. It is a close-up view of her right cheek, eye and eyebrow. She is gazing downward so the lashes and lid partially cover her eye.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area

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