HEINRICH KÜHN

THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPH

11 June 2010 - 29 August 2010
Heinrich Kühn
Akt (Mary Warner), 1906

Using the photographic picture for realizing an artistic vision as precisely and creatively as in painting or drawing was the lifetime objective of Heinrich Kühn, a central founding father of international art photography around 1900. Thanks to him and his friends, the stylized photograph became as much an element of the Secessionists’ efforts for a gesamtkunstwerk as the art of interior design, clothes, or commercial art. The most important method for Kühn’s purposes was a printing process based on gum bichromate: as it granted complete freedom in the choice of paper and pigments, the prints from the photographic negative resembled charcoal drawings or etchings rather than conventional photographs. Contrasts of brightness could be precisely adapted to the idea Kühn had of a picture, and its sharpness, which was regarded as extraneous to art, reduced at will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Gallery

 

Heinrich Kühn

Tonwertstudie II (Mary Warner), Aufnahme um 1908 
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Tonwertstudie (Edeltrude am Hang), um 1907 
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Mary Warner und Edeltrude, um 1908 
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Lotte, um 1907 
 
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Veilchen, um 1908 
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Rückenakt, um 1920 
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Wilhelm Schwind, um 1908 
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Frauentorso im Sonnenlicht, um 1920 
 
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Walther, um 1912 
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Wanderer am Hang, um 1912 
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Dawn, 1896 
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Abend am Schleißheimer Kanal, 1899 
 
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Mary Warner im Gegenlicht, 1908 
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Isarauen, 1897 
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Lotte und Mary auf der Wiese, um 1908 
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Frau Richter, um 1913 
 
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Hans und Edeltrude, 1912/1913 
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Karaffe und Blumen, um 1913 
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Morgentoilette (Mary Warner), 1907 
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Die Kühn-Kinder, 1913 
 
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Edeltrude, um 1907 
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Baronin von Schwind, um 1908 
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Mary Warner und Hans Kühn, Aufnahme 1907, Abzug nach 1911 

 

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