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Modernism: Photographs from a Distinguished Private Collection

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Paul Strand
1890 - 1976
FERN, EARLY MORNING DEW, GEORGETOWN, MAINE, 1927
waxed platinum contact print, flush-mounted to card
signed, titled and dated 1928 in green ink on the reverse of the flush-mount
matted and framed
print 9 ½ x 7 ¾ in.; 24,3 x 19,4 cm
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Provenance

Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich;
Private collection, South Africa;
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 27 Exceptional Photographs, April 24, 2007, lot 15;



Literature

Newhall and Strand, Time in New England, p. 141;
Aperture, Paul Strand: Sixty years of Photographs, p.101;
Aperture, Paul Strand: A Retrospective Monograph, The Years 1915-1946, p. 65 (there titled and dated Fern, Early Morning, Maine, 1927);
Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Paul Strand, p. 28 (there titled Fern, 'Early Morning Dew', Georgetown, Maine, 1928).

Catalogue Note

"One of the most beautiful and most influential parts of Strand's heroic oeuvre is the series of close up nature studies that he began in the early twenties. These pictures are not merely descriptions of particular botanical or geological forms; they are, rather, miniature landscapes, organized with the same rigor and described with the same sensitivity to light and space that Strand would have accorded a grand vista"

John Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs

This exceptional print by Paul Strand is to our knowledge the only platinum print in existence of this work which for the photographer is considered as the finest prints. Gelatin silver prints are in the collections of Paul Strand Archive/Aperture, The George Eastman House, Rochester and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

© Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive

Modernism: Photographs from a Distinguished Private Collection

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Paris