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Swiss photographer René GROEBLI took the photographs for the book 'Das Auge der Liebe' (The Eye of Love) during his belated honeymoon with his wife Rita in France. Sparsely furnished hotel rooms, mirrors, beds, window views, wine and cigarettes - and his wife.
The series 'Das Auge der Liebe' was created in a turbulent time. He still remembered the cruel experiences of the Suez War, which he had to document as a photo reporter, when an assignment from the chemical industry in Basel took him into a completely new world of assignments. And then, in 1953, the honeymoon with Rita was to be made up for, in Paris and in the south of France. She had in mind a series of pictures of the morbid hotel rooms - they could not afford more expensive ones - but he looked through the viewfinder in another direction and captured his feelings and emotions about Rita on film. And so a love story was born, his 'love poem to his wife Rita'. (Birgit Filzmaier)
"More intense, more tingling, more seductive, more intimate than 'Das Auge der Liebe' a picture story cannot be. The whole force of the mystery we call love - the longing, the desire, the physicality, the fulfillment, the pain - is condensed here in a grandiose sequence that can be moment, day or eternity.
The initial criticism has long been forgotten, the work has endured. For all lovers, longing, searching, despairing." (© Hannes WANDERER)
The forty-page illustrated book, as well as twenty-four black-and-white photographs in landscape format, was the result. It tells a story that could have happened in one night and triggers associations. In Europe, however, 'The Eye of Love' was not a success: the pictures were not even sharp! And they showed Rita in a way that society did not approve of 60 years ago. In America, however, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New Yrok, Edward STEICHEN, recognized their importance as well as René GROEBLI's way of expression and bought the whole series of pictures for his collection. The booklet also sold much better in modern America.
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