Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Collection of Claude Berri, Paris
Christie's Paris, Photographies - Collection of Claude Berri, 19 November 2005, Sale 5320, Lot 32
Private collection, San Francisco
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2008
Steichen the Photographer (The Museum of Modern Art, 1961), p. 39
Edward Steichen, A Life in Photography (New York, 1963), pl. 68
Joanna Steichen, Steichen's Legacy: Photographs, 1895-1973 (New York, 2000), pl. 225
Todd Brandow and William A. Ewing, Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography (Minneapolis: Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography and Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, 2007), pl. 73
A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff (New York, 1978), pl. 93
Maria Morris Hambourg and Christopher Phillips, The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1988), pl. 85
These arrangements demonstrate Steichen’s cleverness as a photographer. Taking simple and often quotidian objects, Steichen artfully positioned them to create inventive, and sometimes baffling, perspectives. The deftness with which Steichen composed his images, whether couture gowns or the varied items offered here, is always present. These still-life studies stand alone as objects themselves; each, technically perfect in its execution, renders the assemblages in rich, beautiful detail. These pictures look forward to Steichen’s future work. With its emphasis on formal structure and unwavering attention to every detail within the frame, Time, Space Continuum laid the groundwork for the masterful advertising still-lifes that he would produce later in the 1920s and 1930s.
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