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Tea Still Life, Version III

Tea Still Life, Version III

c. 1910
(Austrian, 1866–1944)
Image: 31.5 x 41.5 cm (12 3/8 x 16 5/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
Location: not on view


Heinrich Kuehn was one of the most sophisticated photographers involved in the international movement, known as Pictorialism. The works of pictorialist photographers paralleled landscape, genre, and portrait subjects in painting and printmaking of the period. Characteristic of Kuehn's best work, the subtle use of light and dark in this still life is apparent in the various surfaces of the arranged objects—the smoothly polished wood tabletop, the dull metal serving tray, the darkly colored delicate teacup and saucer, the clear, nearly invisible glass of water, and the white ceramic teapot and water picther. Eliminating distracting details, Kuehn concentrated on broad areas of rich tone, transforming this group of common objects into a visually compelling work of art, rich with nuance and mystery.
  • Family of the Artist
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 218
  • CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
    Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
    Munich, Stefan Lennert (September 1-September 25, 1981); Zurich, Galerie Zur Stockeregg (September 1-October 31, 1981); Koln, Galerie Rudolf Kicken (November 20, 1981-January 22, 1982); Hamburg, Photo Galerie Droscher (March 20-May 29, 1982); Washington, D.C., Lunn Gallery (July-August 1982); Paris, Baudoin Lebon (September 23-October 30, 1982): "An Exhibition of One Hundred Photographs by Heinrich Kuhn," repr. p. 54, no. 87.
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