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Photograph - Baronne Van Zuilen

Baronne Van Zuilen

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (City) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1943 (photographed)
    1991 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print from solarised negative

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 12.2

Ilse Bing (1899-1998) was one of several leading women photographers in the inter-war period. Born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt, she initially pursued an academic career before moving to Paris in 1930 to concentrate on photography.In 1941 she emigrated from Paris to New York to escape imprisonment during the Second World War. After a break from photography, she began to start taking commissions for portraits again.

Bing applied elements of her oblique, sober, experimental style to commercial photography. This partly solarised print of Baroness Van Zuilen uses light and stark outlines to surreal effect, recalling some of Bing’s photographs from the 1930s. The lilies behind are abstract, framing the sitter as she floats in her lavish outfit.

Physical description

Portrait of a woman from a solarised negative surrounded by lilies.

Place of Origin

New York (City) (photographed)


1943 (photographed)
1991 (printed)


Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print from solarised negative

Marks and inscriptions

'ILSE/BING/1943/[1991]/Baronne Van Zuilen'
reverse in pencil, written by Bing

'ILSE BING 1943'
artist's signature, white ink, top right of image


Height: 35.4 cm sheet, Width: 27.9 cm sheet, Height: 34.2 cm image, Width: 23.5 cm image

Descriptive line

Baronne Van Zuilen, photograph by Ilse Bing (1899-1998), 1943, solarised gelatin-silver print, printed 1991

Production Note

Printed 1991

Subjects depicted





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