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Paris, Moulin Rouge, French can-can dancer #2

Photograph
1931 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

This was one of a series of photographs commissioned by the Hungarian journalist Heinrich Guttman to accompany an article on the Moulin Rouge waxworks museum. Echoing the impressionistic paintings of the late nineteenth century in topic and style, and Pictorialism in photography, Bing uses photography to achieve a painterly quality. Bing uses a long exposure and radically blurs the image to evoke the dancers’ rapid movements and the exciting flamboyancy of night-time Paris.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
Paris, Moulin Rouge, French can-can dancer # 2, photograph by Ilse Bing, 1931, gelatin-silver print
Physical Description
A black and white photograph of three cancan dancers on a stage
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 35.4cm
  • Paper width: 28cm
  • Image height: 33.7cm
  • Image width: 25.7cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'ILSE/BING/1931/PARIS/Moulin Rouge/French can can dancer (#2)' (reverse in pencil, written by Bing)
  • 'ILSE BING 1931' (Artist's signature, black ink, bottom right)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff
Production
Probably printed 1980s
Subject depicted
Summary
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.



This was one of a series of photographs commissioned by the Hungarian journalist Heinrich Guttman to accompany an article on the Moulin Rouge waxworks museum. Echoing the impressionistic paintings of the late nineteenth century in topic and style, and Pictorialism in photography, Bing uses photography to achieve a painterly quality. Bing uses a long exposure and radically blurs the image to evoke the dancers’ rapid movements and the exciting flamboyancy of night-time Paris.
Collection
Accession Number
E.3064-2004

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record createdOctober 24, 2005
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