Paris Windows with Flags, Bastille Day

Paris Windows with Flags, Bastille Day


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899-1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.3 x 28.2 cm (8 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1990.87


This striking detail of a building's facade with rows of windows and flowing French flags reveals Ilse Bing's personal style. Combining 35 mm imagery with a rigorous pictorial organization and strongly felt emotion, the abstract composition of a building on the Champs Élysées joins the rigor of science with the poetry of art. Self-taught, Bing began her long photographic career in the late 1920s. She spent the 1930s in Paris, where she established a successful and varied practice before fleeing France for America in 1941.

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