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Portrait of a Woman & Her Shih Tzu Dogs

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Lotte Jacobi, Portrait of a Woman & Her Shih Tzu Dogs, ca. 1930 (negative); printed later, gelatin silver print, Gift of David Shaw and Nissa Shaw, © unknown, research required, 1997.230.21

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Title

Portrait of a Woman & Her Shih Tzu Dogs

Artist

Lotte Jacobi (American, born Germany, 1896-1990)

Date

ca. 1930 (negative); printed later

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 3 7/8 in x 3 in; sheet: 5 3/8 in x 3 7/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: "Lotte Jacobi", pen, black ink, lower right, recto

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of David Shaw and Nissa Shaw

Accession Number

1997.230.21

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

dog

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

Description

By the late 1920s, Lotte Jacobi was an established portraitist and filmmaker in Germany whose photographs embodied the edgy artistry of the Weimar Republic. In this wonderfully surreal and playful image, a woman gazes both downward at her Shih Tzu pups as well as toward the camera. Unlike many nineteenth century photographs that feature blurry animals (who often could not remain still during long exposures), here it is the human subject who has moved, creating a mysterious composition.

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