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    Artist Name:

    Francis Bruguière

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1879–1945


    The Light that Never Was on Land or Sea


    ca. 1925, printed 1920s


    Gelatin silver print


    Support/Overall: 11 3/8 x 7in.

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    Francis Bruguière created this stunning image by shining light onto cut sheets of paper. He drew his inspiration from Danish artist Thomas Wilfred, who invented a device he called the “Lumia” in order to experiment with light projections. Bruguière took several exposures to capture the different patterns light would make on his paper. His transformation of light into abstract forms gave the intangible subject an illusion of solidity, weight, and volume.

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