The Pygmalion Complex: Animate and Inanimate Figures

Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria. 1900–1985). Humanly Impossible. 1932
Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria. 1900–1985). Humanly Impossible. 1932. Gelatin silver print, 15 3/8 x 11 9/16" (39 x 29.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Purchase. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958). Rubber Dummies, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Hollywood. 1939
Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958). Rubber Dummies, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Hollywood. 1939. Gelatin silver print, 7 9/16 x 9 5/8" (19.3 x 24.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Edward Steichen. Collection Center for Creative Photography. © 1981 Arizona Board of Regents
Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Votive Candles, New York City. 1929–30
Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Votive Candles, New York City. 1929–30. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 6 15/16" (21.6 x 17.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Purchase. © 2010 Estate of Walker Evans
Iwao Yamawaki (Japanese, 1898–1987). Articulated Mannequin. 1931
Iwao Yamawaki (Japanese, 1898–1987). Articulated Mannequin. 1931. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/16 x 6 13/16" (23 x 17.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther
Horst P. Horst (American, born Germany, 1906–1999). Costume for Salvador Dalí’s “Dream of Venus”. 1939
Horst P. Horst (American, born Germany, 1906–1999). Costume for Salvador Dalí’s “Dream of Venus”. 1939. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 7 1/2" (25.4 x 19 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of James Thrall Soby. © 2010 Horst P. Horst/Art + Commerce
Hans Bellmer (German, 1902–1975). The Doll (Self-Portrait with the Doll). 1934
Hans Bellmer (German, 1902–1975). The Doll (Self-Portrait with the Doll). 1934. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4" (29.9 x 19.7 cm). Collection Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Hans Bellmer (German, 1902–1975). The Doll. 1935–37
Hans Bellmer (German, 1902–1975). The Doll. 1935–37. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 x 9 5/16" (24.1 x 23.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. Fund. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob. French, 1894–1954). Untitled. c. 1925
Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob. French, 1894–1954). Untitled. c. 1925. Gelatin silver print, 4 1/16 x 2 15/16" (10.3 x 7.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Purchase
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Noire et blanche. 1926
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Noire et blanche. 1926. Gelatin silver print, 6 3/4 x 8 7/8" (17.1 x 22.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of James Thrall Soby. © 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Le Violon d’Ingres. 1924
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Le Violon d’Ingres. 1924. Gelatin silver print mounted on paper, 19 x 14 1/2" (48.3 x 36.8 cm). Collection Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs. © 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Francis Picabia Imitating Rodin’s Sculpture of Balzac. 1923
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky. American, 1890–1976). Francis Picabia Imitating Rodin’s Sculpture of Balzac. 1923. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/16" (24.1 x 17.9 cm). Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection. © 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Jindrich Štyrský (Czech, 1899–1942). Untitled. 1930s
Jindrich Štyrský (Czech, 1899–1942). Untitled. 1930s. Gelatin silver print, 3 1/2 x 3 3/8" (9 x 8.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Rudolf Kicken
Laura Gilpin (American, 1881–1979). George William Eggers. 1926 (printed 1929)
Laura Gilpin (American, 1881–1979). George William Eggers. 1926 (printed 1929). Palladium print, 4 13/16 x 5 1/2" (12.3 x 14 cm). Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth, Texas. Bequest of the artist. © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of the artist, P.1979.130.79
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891–1976). Health through Sports. c. 1920
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891–1976). Health through Sports. c. 1920. Gelatin silver print of photomontage and collage, 37 13/16 x 23 5/8" (96 x 60 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891–1976). Midnight Passes above the Clouds. 1920
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891–1976). Midnight Passes above the Clouds. 1920. Collage of cut gelatin silver prints and printed reproductions, 28 3/4 x 21 5/8" (73 x 55 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Gillian Wearing (British, born 1963). Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old. 2003
Gillian Wearing (British, born 1963). Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old. 2003. Chromogenic color print, 41 x 32" (104.1 x 81.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art. © 2010 Gillian Wearing, courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Maureen Paley, London
Maurice Tabard (French, 1897–1984). Test for the Film “Culte Vaudou,” Exposition 1937. 1936
Maurice Tabard (French, 1897–1984). Test for the Film “Culte Vaudou,” Exposition 1937. 1936. Gelatin silver print, with orange foil, 11 9/16 x 9 1/16" (29.3 x 23 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Purchase
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald. German, 1892–1927). Venus at the Game of Kings. 1920
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald. German, 1892–1927). Venus at the Game of Kings. 1920. Photomontage, collage, ink, and pencil on paper, 14 9/16 x 10 13/16" (37 x 27.5 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung. © 2010 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald. German, 1892–1927). Typical Vertical Mess as Depiction of the Dada Baargeld. 1920
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald. German, 1892–1927). Typical Vertical Mess as Depiction of the Dada Baargeld. 1920. Photomontage, 14 5/8 x 12 3/16" (37.1 x 31 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung. © 2010 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved
Hans Finsler (Swiss, 1891–1972). Gropius and Moholy-Nagy as Goethe and Schiller. 1925
Hans Finsler (Swiss, 1891–1972). Gropius and Moholy-Nagy as Goethe and Schiller. 1925. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/8 x 6 3/4" (23.2 x 17.2 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich, Fotosammlung. © 2010 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved