Image: Courbet in Rejlander's Pool, New Mexico
(Brooklyn, 1939 - )

Courbet in Rejlander's Pool, New Mexico , 1985

Gelatin silver print
15 in. x 14 7/8 in. (38.1 cm x 37.78 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
While Witkin’s subject matter seems believable because it is in a photograph, he stages and manipulates his images in a tradition dating back to the nineteenth-century fine art photographers such as Oscar Rejlander.  'Courbet in Rejlander’s Pool'  refers through its title and the model’s pose to the famous nineteenth century realist painter, Gustave Courbet, who heartily objected to his contemporary Rejlander’s view of art as fiction.
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