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The Light That Never Was on Land or Sea

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The Light That Never Was on Land or Sea

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Francis Bruguière
American, 1879–1945

Date

ca. 1925, printed 1920s

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1986.122

Dimensions

Support/Overall: 11 3/8 x 7 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Francis Bruguière created this stunning image by shining light onto cut sheets of paper. He drew his inspiration from Danish artist Thomas Wilfred, who invented a device he called the Lumia in order to experiment with light projections. Bruguière took several exposures to capture the different patterns of light on the paper. His transformation of light into abstract forms gives the intangible subject an illusion of solidity, weight, and volume.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation