Front / Recto

  • Title The Little Boot (La Bottine)
  • Negative Date 1931
  • Print Date 1931–39
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 8 3/16 × 11 1/4" (20.8 × 28.6 cm)
  • Place Taken Paris
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Shirley C. Burden, by exchange
  • MoMA Accession Number 1697.2001
  • Copyright © 2015 Florence Henri, Galleria Martini e Ronchetti, Genova, Italy

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type No mount - evidence previous mount
  • Marks and Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top left: No. 1. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top center: [illegible]. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top center: "La Bottine." Inscribed in blue ink on sheet verso, top right: Prix 400 fr. [crossed out]. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, center: ←90 mm→. Signed in pencil on sheet verso, center: Florence Henri [underlined]. Stamped in black ink on sheet verso, bottom right: PHOTO/FLORENCE HENRI/216 Bd Raspail, PARIS 14e. White sticker with red sticker on top affixed to sheet verso, bottom right, inscribed in black ink: 59. Signed in blue ink on sheet verso, bottom left: Florence Henri. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, bottom center: bas. Inscribed in blue ink on sheet verso, bottom right: Paris 1931. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, bottom right: 6.
  • Provenance The artist, Paris [1]; to Herbert Molderings, Münster, 1975 [2]; purchased by Thomas Walther, 1980s [3]; purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Herbert Molderings, telephone conversation with Simon Bieling, January 18, 2005.
    [2] MacGill/Walther 2000, p. 14; and Molderings, letter to Maria Morris Hambourg, October 1, 2013.
    [3] Molderings, letter to Hambourg.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Retouching (additive)
    Retouching (reductive)
    Negative print
  • PTM
    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) 0.28
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso negative
  • Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 59%
    Grass 32%
    Bast 2%
    Rag 7%
  • 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: P, S, Ca, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Ba, Pb
    • Verso: Al, Si, S, K, Ca, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ba, Pb

    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, K, Ca, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Pb

In Context

Historical Publications

  • La Vie au Foyer, no. 4 (1933): 106 (as untitled photograph in a spread entitled "L’enseignes").

Historical Exhibitions

  • Brooklyn Museum, N.Y. International Photographers (no. 94, as La Bottine). March 8–31, 1932.

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