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Collection Online as of July 23, 2024

Eckstein with Lipstick

Eckstein with Lipstick

Image: 16.8 x 16.2 cm (6 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.); Paper: 17.7 x 17.1 cm (6 15/16 x 6 3/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Location: not on view


In the late 1920s, Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern both studied in Berlin at the Bauhaus School of Art before establishing a commercial photographic studio, ringl + pit (named for their childhood nicknames: ringl [Stern] and pit [Auerbach]). Although only a marginal commercial success, their business—which lasted three years—specialized in advertising and portrait photography. Their collaboration produced photographs that differed significantly from accepted advertising conventions for depicting women. In this image, the photographers made ingenious use of a mirror to provide product information from an unusual viewpoint and to create a striking work of art.
  • ?–1994
    (Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY), sold to The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    May 24, 1994–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 275
  • 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).
    Recent Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 13–November 27, 1994).
  • {{cite web|title=Eckstein with Lipstick|url=false|author=ringl + pit|year=1930|access-date=23 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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