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The Family, Luzzara, 1953

gelatin silver print, Image: 11.70 x 15.00 cm (4 9/16 x 5 7/8 inches); Matted: 35.56 x 45.72 cm (14 x 18 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.95

The Family, Luzzara is one of a remarkable set of images Paul Strand made during the course of five months spent in the Italian village of Luzzara, in the Po River Valley. This group portrait depicts the Lusetti family of tenant farmers in front of their house. The matriarch of the family is framed in the darkened doorway, surrounded by five of her eight surviving sons. Positioning the family members frontally and close to the camera, Strand conveyed very specific information about their physical characteristics and personalities, even though he intended them to be seen as enduring symbols of universal human qualities.

Written in pencil on verso: "14/"; "Farm Family---Luzzara 1953 / Paul Strand [signed]"; "197 / 6 / 6 [1/2] / 6 [3/4] / 7 [1/2] / 8 / 9 [1/4]"; "156"

CMA, February 12 - April 20, 1986: "Year in Review 1985," CMA Bulletin, 73 (Feb. 1986), p. 66, no. 115, repr. p. 58.
CMA, June 7 - September 8, 1991: "Object Lessons: Cleveland Creates an Art Museum."
CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art," see Catalogue of Photography, pp. 50-51.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (6/24/07 - 9/16/07) and Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittburgh, PA (10/3/2009 - 1/3/2010); "Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art", no exhibition catalogue.

Library materials about Paul Strand (38)

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