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LS #17

Beate Gütschow, German, born 1970
2003, printed 2012
Chromogenic print
Current Location
On View, Gallery 247
image: 45 1/2 x 66 1/2 in. (115.6 x 168.9 cm)
sheet: 48 1/2 x 78 1/2 in. (123.2 x 199.4 cm)
framed: 60 1/2 x 91 x 2 3/8 in. (153.7 x 231.1 x 6 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Jeffrey T. Fort, the St. Louis Friends of Photography, the Anne L. Lehmann Charitable Trust, Mr. Sam Weiss; and gift of Stephen Bunyard and Museum Purchase, by exchange
© Artists Rights Society, New York
Object Number
Reminiscent of a 17th-century Dutch landscape painting with a distant, low horizon and clusters of figures, this photograph is a meticulous simulation. Beate Gütschow digitally combined dozens of images of mundane, unrelated places, such as public parks and construction sites. This blending references earlier traditions of European landscape pictures, in which the countryside vistas depicted were also artificial fabrications. The printing information visible at the right deliberately erodes trust in the photographic illusion by hinting at the process of its construction.
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