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Elegantly and unusually lit, the series resembles more modernist works like the Glass in Light study by Alexander Rodtschenko than the more simplistic William Henry Fox Talbot studies of glass and china. They have been compared to both. Often overlapping patterns of glass and other items, Belitski plays with spatial relationships. Silber and Salz, the landmark book on early German photography, devotes an entire chapter to Belitski's work (pp.542-547). There are also descriptions in the Truthful Lens and A Higher Branch of Art. See: Dewitz, Silber and Salz, p.539. Provenance: Alexander von Minutoli, a Prussian civil servant and collector, who established the Minutolisches Institute in Liegnitz to encourage an appreciation for decorative arts. Plate numbers in ink on the mount. His blindstamp is on the image. Provenance: Marc and Brigitte Pagneux collection; Pierre Berge.

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Photo Detail - Ludwig Belitski - Illuninated books
Ludwig Belitski Illuninated books

Price $2,000
Sale Price $1,400

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Ref.# 15045

Medium Salt print from wet plate negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1854  Print Date 1854

Dimensions 8-1/8 x 7-1/8 in. (206 x 181 mm)

Photo Country Germany

Photographer Country Germany


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