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20th Century
9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (24.13 cm x 19.05 cm)

Imogen Cunningham, American, (1883–1976)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1941.9
Amaryllis is an elegant example of Cunningham’s interest in botanical subjects. It is also symptomatic of a marriage that conditioned her to investigate the world at the head of a pin. As a Mills College faculty wife cooped up with three young children, with a garden in her back yard, flowers and other plants became her primary subject. After she separated from her husband, Roi Partridge, Cunningham broadened her scope of subject matter to include industrial landscapes and nude portraiture. These dynamic moments were captured at a time when she needed distraction from her domestic life and mark an important phase in her work. The micro-botanical images demonstrate a fiercely contained creative energy and honed sensitivity to patterns in nature.

--Sarah Renning, December 2015

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  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (24.13 cm x 19.05 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 24 in. x 20 in. (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)

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