The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 30, 2016

Mannequin, c. 1928

gelatin silver print from a photogram negative, Image: 29.40 x 23.50 cm (11 9/16 x 9 1/4 inches); Paper: 29.50 x 25.60 cm (11 9/16 x 10 1/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2007.147

The doll-is he a photographer?" peers through a magnifying glass at the negative of an image of Paris taken by Lissitzky in 1928. The artist’s interest in the photogram and negative images may relate to his experience being x-rayed for tuberculosis in 1924. Later that decade, Lissitzky experimented extensively with positive and negative versions of photograms. A photogram provides a negative image
of the objects placed on the sensitized paper. Using the photogram as a negative reverses that reversal to create a positive print. Printing a mix of positive and
negative images on the same sheet of paper allowed Lissitzky to add a sense of three-dimensionality to the silhouettes yielded by the photogram process.

written in pencil on verso: "166 (in a circle)/ artist's printing notes"

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (10/19/2014-1/11/2015): "Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Phorography," cat. no. 52, p. 88.

Library materials about El Lissitzky (22)

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