Fluid Light Design

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Fluid Light Design


Corpron, Carlotta M.



27 x 30 inches



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For Texas art in the thirties, the back of the catalpa tree screen also represents the road not taken: Spruce and his most talented contemporaries turned to a heightened realism to convey the suffering and transformation of rural Texas during the Dust Bowl era. It wasn’t until the forties, when the influx of talented European refugees had shifted the artistic balance to this side of the Atlantic, that mainstream Modernism got a foothold in the state. Hungarian painter and photographer Lázló Moholy-Nagy, an esteemed instructor at the Bauhaus, the German design institute that literally shaped this century, came to Texas Woman’s University in Denton for a semester in 1942. When Moholy-Nagy visited, TWU art instructor Carlotta Corpron was already dabbling in avant-garde photography; two years later, Moholy-Nagy’s colleague Gyorgy Kepes spent a year working with Corpron, who put aside her still lifes and began making photos of light itself. A tiny black and white print from Corpron’s 1947 “Fluid Light Design” series was composed from rippling reflections on the plastic covering of a painting, but it appears to be an image captured by arcane scientific means, as though she were able to crack open and look inside the basic building blocks of the cosmos. Capron was an amazing artist and woman whose work is praised for its revolutionary and experimental light studies. who teaching in Denton, TX (yes Claire!) at the Texas State College for Women there. Her papers are at my former haunt, the Amon Carter Museum, who have this bio on her (and other key sites have as well below) also ck out the 1980 ACM interview: Carlotta Corpron (1901–1988) was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, but was raised in India where her father worked as a missionary and surgeon. She received her B.S. in art education from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1925 and her M.A. from Teachers College of Columbia University in 1926. Corpron began to make photographs in 1933 while teaching at the University of Cincinnati. She accepted a teaching position at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) in Denton, Texas, in 1935 and worked there until 1968. Her photographic work, which began in the mid-1930s and was actively pursued for only a ten-year period during the 1940s, deals almost exclusively with an investigation of light that was intensified by study with photographer Gyorgy Kepes. While much of her early work depicts light as it related to natural forms, further investigation led her to photograph light itself as a pattern in abstract compositions. Corpron's work was the subject of Carlotta Corpron, Designer with Light, a publication and an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum in 1980.





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Vintage photograph

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Signed, verso


Mark Greenstein, 7612 Massena Road, Bethesda, MD 20817



Corpron, Carlotta M., “Fluid Light Design,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed August 8, 2022,

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