Feb 18, 2014
Jun 30, 2010
Feb 18, 2014

Hands and Noose

Hands and Noose


Germaine Krull

(Polish, 1897–1985)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.8 x 13.2 cm (9 x 5 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.61



Hands figure prominently in many Surrealist images, especially portraits where they sometimes serve instead of the eye as a window to an individual’s soul. In this photograph, hands participate in a mysterious, grim shadow drama that threatens a dire end for someone by hanging. This photograph may have been part of a commissioned story about Les Halles, the former central wholesale grocery market of Paris.

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