Lot 264
Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883–1976), Four Shells
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Gelatin silver print (mounted), negative and printing date likely circa 1930, pencil signed at lower right, with remnant of label to mount verso, unframed.

Image Size 10 1/4 x 13 5/16 in.; Mount 12 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.

Private Collection, Los Angeles, California

This photograph is likely from Cunningham's series of shell still lifes dating to the 1930s. Cunningham's interest in Surrealism - a movement that was gaining momentum throughout the decade - is particularly evident in this photograph with in the unexpected arrangement of shells, the play of lights and darks, and the dream-like atmosphere.

Overall very good condition with age-expected wear: some silvering; few minor, light abrasions; tunneling spot at right; some edge nicks; some foxing/stains to mount.

$5,000 - 10,000