Nature morte. 1983–1985
Manfred Paul

72 pp.
32 illustrations (triplex)
thread-sewn hardcover with silk, laminated and embossed, dust jacket

Leipzig June, 2016
ISBN: 9783959050791
Edition Number: 1

Width: 24.5 cm
Length: 31.5 cm

Language(s): English, German

Manfred Paul


Catherine Nichols

Eugen Blume

This series of still-life photographs by Manfred Paul was produced while the GDR still existed. As photographs, they go beyond the general symbols of still life; they are time doubly frozen: just as fish, leaves, and branches become frozen at the bottom of a lake, petrified in clear ice before the first snowfall, so the still life — a life without time — remains suspended, for as long as the picture’s materiality can withstand the ravages of time. Things are abandoned, with apparent carelessness — a bunch of tulips in a glass vase wilts in infinite beauty, their black-and-white sharpness emitting an almost painful appeal against the transience and replaceability of the blooms. In their irredeemable alienation they inevitably become a devotional mental image of human existence.

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