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Magraitis--Negative Solarisation - [Homme a la guitare]
Silver print from a solarized negative
9 1/2x7 in (24.1x17.7 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 15, 2008, #2146, Lot 313)
With Tabard's hand stamp and handwritten title on verso.
Maurice Tabard (Photo Poche), 8.
Maurice Tabard (Contrejours), 76.
Aesthetic exploration of the guitar appears throughout the history of 20th-century art, particularly in Cubism. Picasso, for example, painted (and sculpted) this everyday musical instrument from 1913 through 1924, each time deepening his interpretation of the shallow and ambiguous painterly space.
Tabard''s interpretation of the guitarist is no less ambitious in its execution. He combines both the technique of solarization and exploration of positive/negative space as the language of his image. In much the same way Picasso''s Cubist paintings deconstructed picture planes to create a new sense of time and space, Tabard''s photograph is a visual puzzle. Although the subject''s patterned jacket is rendered in the reverse tones of a negative. The solarization effect appears to be highlighted in the man''s fingers and face, which are rendered in a distinct tonality. Tabard returned to the theme again in "Composition aux guitares" (1929), a less elaborate construction.