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Ansel Adams

'Sierra Nevada' (Two Dead Trees Against Black Sky)

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

'Sierra Nevada' (Two Dead Trees Against Black Sky)

'Sierra Nevada' (Two Dead Trees Against Black Sky)

Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

'Sierra Nevada' (Two Dead Trees Against Black Sky)


gelatin silver print, mounted, signed, titled, and dated in pencil and with a Michael and Jeanne Adams collection stamp on the reverse, framed, Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art loan labels on the reverse, 1925, probably printed in the 1930s

image: 7 7/8 by 5 1/2 in. (20 by 14 cm.)

frame: 19 1/4 by 15 1/4 in. (48.9 by 38.7 cm.)

This photograph has a semi-glossy surface and is mounted to slick board. Upon close examination in raking light, the following is visible: a few pin-point-sized deposits of original retouching overall; and a small zigzag scratch that does not appear to break the emulsion near the left edge of the image. The tips of the corners are insignificantly bumped.


The mount is trimmed to 8-3/8 by 6-1/2 inches. There is a very small rust-colored adhesion in the left side of the mount. On the reverse of the mount, there are a few stray ink marks and 5 pen-point-sized faint rust colored spots of indeterminate nature. 'AA/1622' is in a modern hand in pencil.


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Collection of Virginia Best Adams

By descent to Michael and Jeanne Adams, 1980s

Acquired from the above, 2006

John Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100 (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2001), pl. 39 (this print)

Janet Swan Bush, ed., Trees (Boston, 2004), p. 25

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Ansel Adams at 100, August 2001 – January 2002, and traveling thereafter to:

The Art Institute of Chicago, February – June 2002

London, Hayward Gallery, July – September 2002

Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, October 2002 – January 2003

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February – April 2003

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, July – November 2003