- Alfred Stieglitz
- MUSIC—A SEQUENCE OF TEN CLOUD PHOTOGRAPHS, NO. 1
- Gelatin silver print
- 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
By descent to his widow, Eleanor Anderson
Sotheby’s New York, 16 and 17 October 1990, Sale 6073, Lot 130
Christie’s New York, 29 April 1999, Sale 9150, Lot 269, Lee Marks Fine Art as agent
Therese Mulligan, The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Enduring Legacy (George Eastman House, 2000), pl. 24
Sarah Greenough and Juan Hamilton, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings (National Gallery of Art, 1983), pl. 56
Dorothy Norman, Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer (New York, 1960), pl. 39
John Szarkowski, Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George (The Museum of Modern Art, 1995), p. 67
Doris Bry, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographer (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1995), pl. 38
Sarah Greenough, et al., Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (National Gallery of Art, 2000), p. 286
John Szarkowski, The Photographer and the American Landscape (The Museum of Modern Art, 1963), p. 23
Sarah Greenough, et al., On The Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography (National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1989), pl. 210
In Focus: Alfred Stieglitz (J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995), pl. 35
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This print is astonishing for the level of detail it portrays in the black and gray tonal ranges. As with Out of Window—291, this twilight view would have presented a challenge to print. Stieglitz has handled the challenge with characteristic mastery, delineating precise detail along the ridgeline, and, of course, in the clapboard house-front that punctuates the bottom of the picture.
"I have been looking for years—50 upwards—at a particular sky line of simple hills—how can I tell the world in words what that line is—changing as it does every moment.—I’d love to get down what ‘that’ line has done for me—May be I have—somewhat—in those snapshots I've been doing the last few years."
Alfred Stieglitz, in a letter to Sherwood Anderson, 1925