SHEILA METZNER "MOUILLE SHAPES" PHOTOGRAPH, 1986
Sheila Metzner (b. 1939) is an American photographer renowned for her use of the Fresson technique.
This labor-intense and fragile process gives her photographs a unique and distinct aesthetic.
The Fresson technique was invented by the Fresson family in France in 1895. It is a rare, turn-of-the-century carbon process that lends a soft, grainy glaze to photographs. The surfaces and hues created through the Fresson process create a surface with hues and shading evocative of a painting or sketch.
‘Mouille Shapes’ features the hardware and pieces from the famous lighting designer Serge Mouille (1922-1988).
In recent year Mouille's work has become highly sought-after and very iconic. Important examples from the late 1950's and early 1960's sell for figures in the mid to low six figures. However when Metzner created this work honoring Mouille's brilliant forms, he was hardly known outside of French design circles.
We love this work as it is a fascinating intersection between mid-century French design and historical French photographic process...realized in the 1980's.
Additional images available on request.
31.5"W 23.5"H (photograph)
35"H 28"W (framed)
Provenance: Jane Corkin Gallery