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Euphorbia (Codiaeum)

Euphorbia (Codiaeum)

(German, 1897–1968)
Image: 23.1 x 16.9 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.); Paper: 23.3 x 17.1 cm (9 3/16 x 6 3/4 in.)
© 2013 Albert Renger-Ptzsch Archiv / Ann u. Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: not on view


Photographing ethnographic objects for a museum started Renger-Patzsch on the path to developing the sharply focused, deadpan style seen in these plant images that were made to illustrate books on various species of plants. The use of extreme close-up removes any sense of context, emphasizes the plants’ structures, and animates what should be a coldly scientific inquiry.
  • (Kicken Gallery, Berlin)
    Chester Dentan, Seattle, WA
    David Raymond [b.1979], New York, NY
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner. Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography : the David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art. 2014. Reproduced: p. 195, no. 160; reproduced and mentioned: p. 232.
  • Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 19, 2014-January 11, 2015).
  • {{cite web|title=Euphorbia (Codiaeum)|url=false|author=Albert Renger-Patzsch|year=1922–1924|access-date=20 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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