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Photograph - Still life, lilac branch in glass vase

Still life, lilac branch in glass vase

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1933 (made)
    ca. 1933 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 913, box H

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 the early 1930s Bing was a prolific photographer, well-known for her modernist, journalistic city scenes. This photograph demonstrates her skill in photographing still-life, an unusual subject for her. The anglular composition, and focus on light and shade, typical of her images of buildings, add to the beauty of this delicate image.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a flowering lilac in a jar against a wall, with shadows falling across the wall. Mounted loosely on cream card.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1933 (made)
ca. 1933 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Studio stamp on top right of mount. Repeated on back of photograph

Signed by artist in black ink on bottom right of image

Ilse Bing Wolff Estate's archival reference for the work assigned prior to acquisition by the V&A. Written on reverse of mount in paper, bottom centre.


Height: 28.7 cm image, Width: 22.1 cm image, Height: 41.6 cm mount, Width: 34.8 cm mount

Descriptive line

Still life, lilac branch in glass vase, vintage photograph by Ilse Bing (1899-1998), 1933

Production Note

vintage print

Subjects depicted

Plant; Shadows; Jar; Vase




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