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Wet Sands

Accession Number
2011/2.160

Title
Wet Sands

Artist(s)
Lucien Clergue

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 2006

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
9 1/2 in x 13 7/8 in (24.13 cm x 35.24 cm);12 in x 16 in (30.48 cm x 40.64 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Selma and Gerald Lotenberg

Subject matter
Clergue frequently photographed nature, with a focus on sand, throughout his career. His images of marshes and beaches hint at the cycles of life and death found in nature. In this image, Clergue photographed a pattern created by natural elements: wind, water, and sand. The result is a cropped-in view of miniscule canyons imprinted in the sand. 

Physical Description
This photograph of wet sand shows grooves formed in the sand by wind or water, creating canyon-like formations when viewed at this closed-in, cropped angle.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
daylight
geometric patterns
lines (artistic concept)
sand
water (inorganic material)

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