The photographer to Marie Rapp Boursault
By descent to Yvonne Boursault, Marie Rapp's daughter
Other prints of this image:
Sarah Greenough and Juan Hamilton, Alfred Stieglitz Photographs and Writings (Washington, D. C.: The National Gallery of Art, 1983, in conjunction with the exhibition), pl. 25
The photograph offered here and in Lot 137 come from the family of Marie Rapp, Stieglitz's assistant at 291 from 1911 to its closing in 1917, and lifelong friend. During her tenure at 291, Rapp assisted Stieglitz with the daily operations of the gallery as well his publication of Camera Work (see Lot 132). Stieglitz took a series of portraits of Rapp, both during her time at the gallery and into the 1920s, when she visited him at Lake George with her family. After the gallery closed, Rapp married George K. Boursault, the son of Albert K. Boursault, a member of the Photo-Secession, and had their first child, Yvonne, in 1921. These photographs were inherited by Yvonne upon her mother's death in 1988.
In Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, Sarah Greenough locates four other prints of this image, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and in the private collection of Noel and Harriette Levine.
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