Artificial Leg, 1944
gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950
signed, titled [crossed out] and dated in pencil with printer’s notations in red pencil and Museum of Modern Art Photography Department Study Collection stamp (verso)
image/sheet: 10 x 8 in. (25.5 x 20.4 cm.)

Exhibition catalogue, Venus, Jupiter & Mars: The Photographs of Frederick Sommer, University of Delaware Art Museum, 1980, pl. 20.
Keith F. Davis, The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005, p. 60.
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The present lot is a print made for publicity related to the exhibition Photographs by 51 Photographers presented by The Museum of Modern Art in 1950. Throughout the history of the Museum’s Photography Department, primarily from the 1930s through the 1970s, photographers contributing works to exhibitions would oftentimes provide the Museum with multiple prints of the works selected for exhibition. These additional prints would be used for various exhibition-related affairs, most often for being sent to the press for publicity. Such prints were sometimes provided by the photographer or printed at the Museum from original negatives.

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