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A Collage of black and white photos of women’s faces and animals, overlaid with other materials

Black and white photographs float in white space with glass and other materials interspersed. At middle left is the face of actress Anna May Wong in three quarter profile. To the right, three more faces appear in a descending semicircle. A light haired woman looks at us and slightly lower and to the right the face of a smiling woman looks away. The cluster resolves with the image of the full face and neck of a woman who looks directly at the viewer and wears a tall headdress, and to her left is a giraffe. At upper right is a zebra, next to the face of a woman in a striped outfit.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Marianne Brandt, German (Chemnitz, Germany 1893 - 1983 Kirchberg, Germany)
Untitled [with Anna May Wong]
Work Type
photomontage, photograph
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Physical Descriptions

Collage of cut and printed papers and cellulose acetate, glass, metal rivets, and flocked paper on paper board
67 x 50 cm (26 3/8 x 19 11/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Collection of the artist, gift; to Hajo Rose. Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, sold; to Eckhard Neumann. Rudolf Kicken Gallery, sold; to Thomas Walther. Private Collection, sold [through Rudolf Kicken Gallery] to Busch-Reisinger Museum.

FN: Hajo Rose and Brandt were students together at the Bauhaus.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase through the generosity of the Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and their Acquisitions Committee, Richard and Priscilla Hunt, Elizabeth C. Lyman, Mildred Rendl-Marcus, and Sylvia de Cuevas
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Wulf Herzogenrath, Bauhaus Utopien: Arbeiten auf Papier, Cantz'sche Druckerei (Stuttgart, 1988), p. 66
  • Elizabeth Otto, "Figuring Gender: Photomontage and Cultural Critique in Germany's Weimar Republic: Dissertation" (2003), University of Michigan, pp. 143-145, 319
  • Elizabeth Otto, Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt, exh. cat., Bauhaus-Archiv and jovis Verlag (Berlin, 2005), pp. 104-105, 173
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 117
  • Gu Zheng, "Documentary and Representative: Harvard Art Museums' Photography Collections (Part Two)", Chinese Photography (Beijing, China, 2018), 468, pp. 128-135, p. 134, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Tempo! Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt, Bauhaus-Archiv, 10/12/2005 - 01/09/2006; Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2006 - 05/21/2006; International Center of Photography, 06/09/2006 - 08/27/2006
  • HAA 1 Survey Course (S421): Landmarks of World Art and Architecture (Spring 2010), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/05/2010 - 05/09/2010
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 03/06/2015
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus
  • Collection Highlights

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