ALFRED STIEGLITZ | 'THE HAND OF MAN'
Property from an Important Private Collection, Sold to Benefit The Asia Foundation
'THE HAND OF MAN'
large-format photogravure on Japan laid paper, signed, titled, and dated in pencil in the margin, flush-mounted to board, a Museum of Modern Art collection label on the reverse, framed, 1902, printed in 1910
9⅝ by 12⅝ in. (24.4 by 32.1 cm.)
This early large-format photogravure, on fibrous Japan laid paper, is in generally excellent condition. The plate is evenly inked and the image retains its intended rich black-brown tonality and detailed, creamy highlights. As is typical of hand-pulled photogravures, the image is printed slightly askew on the sheet. There is some very faint soiling as well as a liquid stain in the margins. There is a stray graphite mark in the margin at the lower right.
There is some staining on the reverse of the mount, notably in the upper and lower left corners, and there are a few stray graphite marks.
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Collection of Alfred Jarstzki, Jr.
Gift of the above to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana, Boston
Phillips New York, The Curious Collector: Important Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana, 2 April 2013, Sale 40113, Lot 23
Other prints of this image:
Camera Work Number 1 (1903) and Camera Work Number 36 (1911)
Waldo Frank, Dorothy Norman, et al., America and Alfred Stieglitz (New York, 1934), pl. XXV – B
Robert Doty, Photo-Secession: Photography as a Fine Art (Rochester: George Eastman House, 1960), pl. 7
Doris Bry, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographer (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1965), pl. 7
Dorothy Norman, Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer (New York, 1973), pl. X
Robert Doty, Photography in America (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974), p. 99
William Innes Homer, Stieglitz and the American Avant-Garde (Boston, 1977), pl. 8
Karen Tsujimoto, Images of America: Precisionist Painting and Modern Photography (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1982), p. 91
Sarah Greenough and Juan Hamilton, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 1983), pl. 15
Maria Morris Hambourg and Christopher Phillips, The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989), p. 6
Alfred Stieglitz (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995), pl. 4
Richard Whelan, ed., Stieglitz on Photography: His Selected Essays and Notes (Aperture, 2000), p. 187
Sarah Greenough, Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2000), pls. 277-80
Therese Mulligan, ed., The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Enduring Legacy (Rochester: George Eastman House, 2000), fig. 17 and pl. 6
Signed large-format photogravures of The Hand of Man are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.