DIANE ARBUS | 'A FAMILY ON THEIR LAWN ONE SUNDAY IN WESTCHESTER, N. Y.'
'A FAMILY ON THEIR LAWN ONE SUNDAY IN WESTCHESTER, N. Y.'
gelatin silver print, signed, titled, and dated in pencil and inscribed 'Dear Dr. Klein, Thanks for that good and generous phone conversation,' initialed, and the title annotated 'one Sunday' in ink on the reverse, framed, 1968
image: 15¾ by 15 in. (40 by 38 cm.)
framed: 26¾ by 25½ in. (67.9 by 64.8 cm.)
This rare, signed early print is on heavy double-weight paper and is in generally very good condition. This print exhibits a wider tonal range than is typically found in prints of this image, with a pleasing depth and richness in the darkest areas that contrasts with the crisp whites exhibited in the bathing suits and sky. When the print is examined very closely in raking light a faint handling crease is visible in the lower portion of the image at center. Also visible are several small circular impressions and embossed areas. There is a faint impression in the upper left quadrant of the image comprising 3 sides of a square, each measuring one-1/2-inches. None of the aforementioned appears to break the emulsion. There are 2 vertical linear matte areas in the lower right, primarily affecting the margin. None are visible except upon close examination, and they do not detract in any way from the fine appearance of this rare early print. The sheet is gently rippled along all the edges, primarily in the margins. Within the margins, not affecting the image, there are a few handling creases in the corners and some tiny brown accretions. There is inconsequential wear on the edges of the print. The reverse is faintly age-darkened at the periphery and there are pale, rust-colored pinpoint spots throughout, possibly an original result of processing.
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Gift of the photographer to Dr. Klein, circa 1968-69
Sotheby’s New York, 16 October 2004, Sale 8018, Lot 185
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, 2005
Diane Arbus (Aperture, 1972), unpaginated
Carroll T. Hartwell, The Making of a Collection: Photographs from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Aperture, 1984), p. 92
Thomas W. Southall, Diane Arbus Magazine Work (Aperture, 1984), pp. 106-7
Daniel Wolf, The Art of Photography, 1839-1989 (New Haven, 1989), pl. 329
Diane Arbus: Revelations (New York, 2003), p. 329