Germaine Krull, ÉTUDES DE NU, 1930

Portfolio cover back and front

 

ÉTUDES DE NU is the second publication to feature Germaine Krull’s nude studies. It was published twelve years after her nude work first appeared in Der Akt – Zwanzig photographische Aufnahmen weiblicher Körper nach der Natur (The nude – twenty photographs of the female body taken from life) together with work by Prof. Jozsef Pésci and Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski. ÉTUDES DE NU is Krull’s solo celebration of the female form.

The small portfolio is rather simple in design and construction. A small white paper label with the title and author’s name is mounted on the orange paper covered card of the front cover. The portfolio contains 24 photographic plates and two folded leaves with title and introduction by Jean Cocteau. Twenty-two of the plates contain one photograph of one model. Two of the plates show montages or multiple exposures. Twenty photographs show the figures cropped, at least on one side of the image. The photographs come across as a playful mix of styles and techniques just as one finds with Krull’s work in general.

Three of Krull’s nude studies are included in the book Photographes Nouveaux – Germaine Krull by Pierre Mac Orlan published by Librairie Gallimard 1931. (Shown below)

 As with any portfolio-style book the loose plates are easily lost or damaged, so complete volumes in good condition are now quite rare.

ÉTUDES DE NU PAR GERMAINE KRULL

Published by Librarie des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1930

 

Portfolio

17.4 x  23.8cm (Portfolio)
16 x 22.4cm (Plates)

24 plates plus 2 folded sheets

Portfolio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germaine Krull, PHOTOGRAPHES NOUVEAUX, 1931

Cover back and front

 

Three of Krull’s nude studies are included in the book Photographes Nouveaux – Germaine Krull by Pierre Mac Orlan published by Librairie Gallimard 1931:
Page 3. Étude (1929). Not included in the Études de nu portfolio.
Page 47. This image is not included in the Études de nu portfolio, but does resemble Plate 23 entitled Étude Mai 1930.
Page 51. This image is included in the Études de nu portfolio (Plate 11) also entitled Étude Mai 1930.

Soft cover

12 x 15.5cm

64 pages

Page 3, ÉTUDE (1929)

Page 46, LE DANSEUR JAVANAIS MAS-MADJA-DJAVA Javanese Jancer (1930) page 47, ÉTUDE – (May 1930)

Page 51, ÉTUDE – (May 1930)

 

 

SEE OTHER BOOKS BY GERMAINE KRULL:

 

 

Prof. J. Pésci, W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski & L. G. Krull, DER AKT / THE NUDE), 1918