Auction 1068, Photography, 03.06.2016, 14:00, Cologne Lot 18

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Mantelpavian (Sacred Baboon)

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Mantelpavian (Sacred Baboon), c. 1928, Auction 1068 Photography, Lot 18

Albert Renger-Patzsch

Wurzburg 1897 - 1966 Wamel

Mantelpavian (Sacred Baboon)

c. 1928

Vintage gelatin silver print. 22 x 16.9 cm (22.3 x 17.1 cm). Numbered 'T 131' in pencil, photographer's and copyright stamps as well as annotated in an unknown hand in pencil on the verso. - Few slight retouchings.

Provenance

From the photographer to the father of the present owner

Literature

Carl Georg Heise (ed.), Die Welt ist schön. Einhundert photographische Aufnahmen von Albert Renger-Patzsch, Munich 1928, plate 21; Albert Renger-Patzsch. Joy before the Object, exhib.cat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu et al., New York 1993, ill. p. 60; Bernd Stiegler/Ann und Jürgen Wilde (ed.), Albert Renger-Patzsch. Die Freude am Gegenstand. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Photographie, Munich 2010, ill. p. 22

“And again, like in his depictions of flowers, he elevates his motif to the archetypical. The baboon's head displays an almost regal dignity, his gaze fixed upon the distance and his splayed fur worn like royal insignia. However, nothing has been deliberately arranged, there are no “artistic” retouches to soften the stark objectivity of the image, and the materiality is depicted with uncompromising clarity” was Carl Georg Heise's comment on the present image in the book “Die Welt ist schön”, published by him in 1928 (Carl Georg Heise, in: Idem (ed.), Die Welt ist schön. Einhundert photographische Aufnahmen von Albert Renger-Patzsch, Munich 1928, p. 9). This shot and the following two photographs were all taken in Dresden zoo.

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