Front / Recto

  • Title Untitled
  • Negative Date 1930s
  • Print Date 1930–45
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 4 13/16 × 6 3/4" (12.2 × 17.1 cm)
  • Place Taken Prague
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Dora Duby and Leonti Planskoy, by exchange
  • MoMA Accession Number 1681.2001
  • Copyright © 2015 Tino and Julia Hammid

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type No mount - evidence previous mount
  • Marks and Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top center: . Orange-and-white label affixed to sheet verso, top right, with text printed in black ink: 51. Signed in blue ink on sheet verso, bottom right: A. Hackenschmied.
  • Provenance The artist. Otto Eisler (1893-1968), Brno [1]; by inheritance to the estate of Otto Eisler, 1968 [2]; sold through Sotheby's London (Sale 9306, Lot 293) to Thomas Walther, May 6, 1999 [3]; to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Auction catalog, Sotheby's London, Thursday 6 May 1999, pp. 88-89.
    [2] Ibid.
    [3] MacGill/Walther 2001(3), p. 7.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • PTM
    Detail view of the recto of the artwork made using reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) software, which exaggerates subtle surface details and renders the features of the artwork plainly visible. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Micro-raking
    Raking-light close-up image, as shot. Area of detail is 6.7 x 6.7 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
    Raking-light close-up image, processed. Processing included removal of color, equalization of the histogram, and sharpening, all designed to enhance visual comparison. Department of Conservation, MoMA

Paper Material

  • Format Metric
  • Weight Double weight
  • Thickness (mm) 0.32
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso negative
  • Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 100%
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
  • XRF

    This work was determined to be a gelatin silver print via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

    The following elements have been positively identified in the work, through XRF readings taken from its recto and verso (or from the mount, where the verso was not accessible):

    • Recto: S, Ca, Zn, Sr, Ag, Ba
    • Verso: Al, Si, P, Ca, Fe, Zn, Sr, Ba

    The graphs below show XRF spectra for three areas on the print: two of the recto—from areas of maximum and minimum image density (Dmax and Dmin)—and one of the verso or mount. The background spectrum represents the contribution of the XRF instrument itself. The first graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the lower energy range (0 to 8 keV). The second graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the higher energy range (8 to 40 keV).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, Si, P, S, Ca, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Fe, Zn, Sr, Ag

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