Rineke DijkstraKolobrzeg, Poland, July 26 1992 1992

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Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959)
Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 26 1992
Date 1992
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1370 x 1070 mm frame: 1435 x 1132 x 45 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Robert Bransten 1999
Not on display


This is a large-format colour photograph of a girl standing on a beach. She holds her body in a curved pose that recalls the depiction of Venus emerging from the sea in the famous renaissance painting, The Birth of Venus (1485-6, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence) by Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510). The girl in Dijkstra’s photograph tilts her head to one side, appearing to look directly at the viewer. She wears an old-fashioned lime green swimsuit which is damp up to her lower stomach. Framed full-length in the centre of the picture, she stands at the place where dry sand meets damp sand. Just behind her feet is an area of shallow water left by a recent wave. Dijkstra used a flash in combination with natural light and a narrow depth of field, placing only the foreground and subject in focus, with the result that she appears artificially illuminated… (read more)

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