Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998)
Untitled (Atelier de Vieira da Silva, France)
stamped 'La Chambre Claire Neuchâtel, certifié par Fabiana de Barros' inscribed with monogram 'FB', dated and numbered 1951, 3/15' and inscribed 'ATELIER DE VIEIRA DA SILVA, FRANÇA 1951, 81' (on the verso)
gelatin silver print on paper
153⁄4 x 12 in. (40 x 30.5 cm.)
Photograph 1951, printed 1981.
Edition three of fifteen.
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Gift from the daughter of the artist (Fabianna de Barros) to the present owner, 1997.
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H. Espada, Geraldo de Barros e a Fotografia, São Paulo, IMS: Ediciones Sesc São Paulo, 2014, p. 175 (another edition illustrated).
Before his emergence as a principal figure in Brazil’s Concrete art movement, de Barros honed a highly experimental approach to photography in mid-century São Paulo, broaching abstraction in his groundbreaking series of Fotoformas (1948-51). Dismantling the photographic process, the Fotoformas incorporated cut and painted negatives, multiple exposures, and pinhole photography among other techniques that confound representation, estranging the familiar. A montage of images taken from the Portuguese painter Vieira da Silva’s atelier in Paris, the present work disorients vision, its planes of windows—grilled and geometric—superimposed and rotating dynamically in space.