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Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Pinwheels", printed 1985, dye transfer print on double weight N paper, signed

Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Pinwheels", printed 1985, dye transfer print on double weight N paper, signed

Item Description:

Signed in yellow ink lower right, on double weight dye transfer N surface paper, with full margins, from an unnumbered edition of approximately 12 that was printed under the supervision of the photographer as a Christmas gift for friends and family in 1985

Together with an envelope inscribed "Jeff ! It's crazy but why not? I would treat it light and bright - almost Popp - Love, Ernst".


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions.


A gift from the artist to the current owner who was a printer in the artist's studio


Image: Height 6.75 in. x Width 10 in.

Sheet: Height 11 in. x Width 14.5 in.

About The Artist:

Ernst Haas is considered one of the pioneers of color photography, known for bridging the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity. As a young man in Austria, Haas accepted the invitation of Hungarian photographer Robert Capa and joined the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in 1949. He soon developed close associations with Capa, as well as the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the Swiss photographer and photojournalist Werner Bishof. Haas began experimenting with Kodachrome color film after he moved to the United States in 1951. After LIFE magazine published his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City in 1953, the first occasion that an extensive color photo feature was published by the magazine, Haas gained recognition as one of the most important photographers of his time.

In 1962, a retrospective of Haas' work became the first color photography exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This was an important moment for photography, which was still gaining respect as a fine art medium in the early 1960s. Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, taking photographs for influential publications including LIFE, Vogue, and Look.

The dye transfer printing process, developed in 1946, is known for its ability to produce prints with striking luminosity, vibrancy of color, and depth of tone. This process, which uses a color spectrum larger than any other process yet developed, results in prints with remarkable details in both bright highlights and dense shadows. Prints created with this method are known for their color retention, and have a dark storage stability of over 500 years.

Pinwheels depicts a close up of a group of a popular child's toy. Photographed at such a close range, Haas has captured their bright colors melting into one another. The bowing forms of the pinwheels combined with their vibrancy, create an abstracted effect. As a whole, the group appears almost as if it were an Abstract Expressionist work. Abstract Expressionism was a movement that emerged in the 1940s and valued spontaneity and expressiveness in the artistic process. The pinwheels look as though they are were created from broad, gestural brushwork that was characteristic to this movement.

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Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Pinwheels", printed 1985, dye transfer print on double weight N paper, signed

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