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Missing Link: Rare Pierre Dubreuil from 1929

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 10, 2011
Updated: Monday, December 30, 2013
DATE: March 10, 2011

Recent Acquisition of Michael Shapiro Photographs, San Francisco, CA

PIERRE DUBREUIL Ombres d'Optique (spectacles)
(1929) Oil print, on mount 9-5/8 x 7-3/4 (print size)
Courtesy of Michael Shapiro Photographs

Discovered in the 1980's by historian Tom Jacobson the work of Pierre Dubreuil marks a turning point in photography- the moment between Pictoralism and Modernism. Though the artist exhibited and was published in his lifetime his true value as an artist may have fallen through the cracks while photography as an artform struggled to hold ground. Today the work and the artist can both be appreciated.

This new acquisition by Michael Shapiro Photographs is particular and interesting, for it shows within itself a shift in style. We see traits of Pictoralism- an oil print process with wonderful texture, yet Modernist traits also emerge- the work is minimal.

For more visit Michael Shapiro Photographs

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