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From Wanda Wulz to Rembrandt: explore our Picture Researcher's favourites from the archive.
1. What is your role at Bridgeman?
I have two - picture researchers 3 days a week and business admin support 2 days a week
2. What do you love most about the job?
Variety - and looking and researching beautiful art imagery. Working with a lovely, dedicated team of people is a big bonus too.
3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
We are mostly associated with art images and clients often don't realise that we have amazing historical images and footage as well as current content such as red carpet events. I must confess that I had the same misconception about Bridgeman before working with the archive
Minna's favourites pictures are:
Stock Dealer,1929 by Jeanne Mammen
This is by Jeanne Mammen whose work I came across quite recently at a Weimar exhibit in Tate Modern. The 1920s and 1930s Berlin has always fascinated me both historically and artwise. So discovering a new artist from the period, and a female at that was exciting.
Cat and I, 1932 (photomontage) by Wanda Wulz
An old favourite of mine - a perfect 'double portrait'.
The Defence of the Sampo, 1896 by Akseli Gallen-Kallela
I first saw this large depiction of a scene from the Kalevala on a school trip. Like his contemporary Sibelius, Gallen-Kallela explored the themes of the Kalevala in many of his major works.I really like the decorative quality of the sea and the dynamic composition.
Sato No Yuki, from Momoyo-gusa Vol I, pub.1909 by Kamisaka Sekka
I love the pared-down graphic quality of this image. With bare legs and only the mushroom-like hat for protection you really feel the figure's struggle against the wind and swirling snow. Less is definitely more in this image.
An Old Woman Reading, 1655 by Rembrandt
Love this quiet portrait by Rembrandt! It's so realistic that you expect the old woman to stop reading at any moment and look back at you.