ALFRED STIEGLITZ | CHARLES DEMUTH
1864 - 1946
with annotation Locher in pencil on the reverse
platinum or platinum-palladium print
9 ⅝ by 7 ⅝ inches
(24.4 by 19.4 cm)
Executed in 1915.
This palladium or platinum-palladium print is in generally excellent condition. The tones range from deep velvety black to creamy white. The midtones are a subtle, pleasing blue-gray. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: tiny glossy deposits in the upper right quadrant; and a few minor hairline scratches in the lower portion of the image which do not appear to break the emulsion.
In the margins, the following are visible: a tiny tack-hole at the center left margin; yellowing at the lower right corner; a small loss and an attendant tear at the center right edge, which appears to have been expertly repaired on the reverse; and a tear to the upper right corner which appears to have been expertly reinforced on the reverse.
On the reverse of the print, small abrasions and adhesive deposits in each corner suggest this photograph was previously tipped to a mount. Minor soiling, stray graphite marks, and the aforementioned repairs are visible. The print is hinged to board by 2 pieces of rice paper tape along the upper edge. 'AS-P-14' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1946 (by descent)
By descent to the present owner
Sarah Greenough, Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, vol. I 1886-1922, Washington, D. C., 2002, no. 394, p. 243, illustrated
Sarah Greenough and Juan Hamilton, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs & Writings, Washington, D. C., 1983, pl. 28, illustrated
Dorothy Norman, Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer, New York, 1990 (reprinting of the 1960 edition), p. 150, illustrated
Sarah Greenough et al., Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries, Washington, D. C., 2000, pl. 133, pp. 362-363, illustrated
Wanda M. Corn, ‘The Sage of Abiquiu,’ American Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum, vol. 20, no. 3, Fall 2006, p. 27, illustrated