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Father and Sons

Father and Sons

Father and Sons

Father and Sons

Date: 1996

Artist: Tina Barney, American, born 1945

Medium: chromogenic print
48 x 60 7/8 in. (121.9 x 154.6 cm)
framed: 52 3/8 x 65 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (133 x 165.7 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Shop Fund and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Weiss in honor of Dr. Jerome F. and Judith Weiss Levy
Object Number: 11:2000
Place made:Italy
Classification: PHOTOGRAPHS
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:Tina Barney's photographs of Italian aristocracy are imbued with an awareness of social structure and class politics. Yet, more than mere documents of a particular way of life, they are also psychological portraits that explore the roles people play and the relationships between them.

Barney often stages her sitters in elaborate tableaux, choosing an impromptu, unguarded moment to expose the picture. Here the subjects are separated by distance, manner of dress, direction of pose, and focus. The motif of three is repeated not only in the number of figures but also in the tall gold candlesticks and silver flagons. The father dominates the work, glancing sidelong at the viewer. His right hand clutched in a fist could signify power, but it is really an impotent gesture, as the hand rests harmlessly on the back of a soft, padded chair. The thumb of his left hand is hooked awkwardly in a jacket pocket. The work calls into question the individuality of the men and the shift in values between and within generations.

Provenance- 2000
Janet Borden, Inc., New York, NY, USA [1]

2000 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Janet Borden, Inc.

[1] Invoice dated January 28, 2000 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 9, 2000.
Exhibition History
Title: Tina Barney: The Europeans
Date: November 9- December 18, 1999
Venue: Janet Borden Inc.

Title: An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography
Date: February 19–May 13, 2012
Venue: SLAM

Title: Staged and Manipulated: Photographic Fictions from St. Louis Collections
Date: October 10 - December 31, 2000
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004

In Collection(s)
©Tina Barney, courtesy Janet Borden, Inc.