Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015

Grapes in Paper Bag

Grapes in Paper Bag


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 47.5 x 40.4 cm (18 11/16 x 15 7/8 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 40.4 cm (19 13/16 x 15 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2014.526



In 1950 Ilse Bing started using a Rolleiflex, a twin lens, medium-format camera. She felt that its larger negatives allowed her to make bigger prints and offered “greater depth of field and clearer details than ever before with the Leica.” This elegant still life glories in its presentation of the objects’ textures, especially the smooth, translucent skins of the grapes contrasted with the matte paper bag.

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