Elegantly and unusually lit, the series resembles more modernist works like the Glass in Light study by Alexander Rodtschenko than the more simplistic William Henry Fox Talbot studies of glass and china. They have been compared to both. Often overlapping patterns of glass and other items, Belitski plays with spatial relationships.
Silber and Salz, the landmark book on early German photography, devotes an entire chapter to Belitski's work (pp.542-547). There are also descriptions in the Truthful Lens and A Higher Branch of Art. See: Dewitz, Silber and Salz, p.539; Alex Novak, For the Love of the Image: A Selection of 110 Photographs, p.11, pl.9.
Provenance: Alexander von Minutoli, a Prussian civil servant and collector, who established the Minutolisches Institute in Liegnitz to encourage an appreciation for decorative arts. Plate numbers in ink on the mount. His blindstamp is on the image. Provenance: Marc and Brigitte Pagneux collection; Pierre Berge.
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Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1854 Print Date 1854
Dimensions 9 x 7 in. (229 x 178 mm)
Photo Country Germany
Photographer Country Germany
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