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Oh, Those Fabulous Brom Sisters

Jan Saudek1992 (September 25, 1992)

USC Fisher Museum of Art

USC Fisher Museum of Art
Los Angeles, United States

In 'Oh, Those Fabulous Brom Sisters,' two sisters embrace each other closely—forming a heart. The womb-shaped gap in the space between them creates an intimate appeal, even tapping into the idea of womanhood. Shortly after the fall of communism, the Czech Republic was in a state of turmoil. In response, Saudek uses this depiction to showcase strong forces of family unity, highlighting intimacy and bond, as well as the rarity of finding a refuge. Although this photograph was created in the early 90s, its aesthetic harks back to photographic traditions of the early twentieth century, with its rich sepia-tone and accompanying backdrop. The sister on the left wears a dress that is reminiscent of traditional Czech dress; its bright color adds a unique tone to what may otherwise be considered a dull color palette.

[Corey Gordon, wall text in "Suppression, Subversion, and the Surreal: The Art of Czechoslovakian Resistance," USC Fisher Museum of Art, March 9 - May 10, 2019.]

Details

  • Title: Oh, Those Fabulous Brom Sisters
  • Creator: Jan Saudek (Czech, b. 1935)
  • Date Created: 1992 (September 25, 1992)
  • Physical Location: USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, The Dr. Eugene Rogolsky Collection, 2015.13
  • Location Created: Czech Republic
  • Physical Dimensions: 29.8 x 39 cm (11 ¾ x 15 ⅜ in.)
  • Rights: © Jan Saudek | Photography by Kelly Barrie, Panic Studio LA
  • Medium: Toned gelatin silver print

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