Ilse Bing / Paris Windows with Flags, Bastille Day / 1933Ilse Bing
Paris Windows with Flags, Bastille Day

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Creator Name: Bing, Ilse
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1899
Biography: Ilse Bing American, b. Germany, 1899-Ilse Bing became interested in photography while pursuing a doctoral degree in art history at Frankfurt University. Around 1927-28 she began taking photographs to illustrate her dissertation and in 1930 decided to move to Paris to look for freelance assignments. Using the new 35mm Leica camera, she worked as a fashion, portrait, and architectural photographer, as well as a photojournalist. During her years in Paris she took part in numerous exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art's Photography 1839-1937 show in New York. In 1941 Bing and her husband immigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. In New York she began to work on a different scale, using the larger-format Rolleiflex camera as well as electronic flash. By 1957 she was working exclusively in color. Two years later Bing gave up photography to concentrate on painting and poetry. M.M.
Gender: F
Creator Birth Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Ilse Bing
Title: Paris Windows with Flags, Bastille Day
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1933
Creation End Date: 1933
Creation Date: 1933
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Image: 22.3cm x 28.2cm
Inscriptions: Written in white ink on recto: "ILSE BING/1933"; written in pencil on verso: "ILSE BING/1933"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.87
Credit Line: The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund
Context: This striking detail of a building's facade with rows of windows and flowing French flags, reveals Ilse Bing's personal style. Combining 35mm imagery with a rigorous pictorial organization and strongly felt emotion, the abstract composition of a building on the Champs Élysées joins the rigor of science with the poetry of art. Self-taught, Bing began her long photographic career in the late 1920s. She spent the 1930s in Paris, where she established a successful and varied practice before fleeing Francefor America in 1941.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.87
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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