Aug 2, 2007

Dying Poplar and Live Branch, Lake George

Dying Poplar and Live Branch, Lake George

1932

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.6 x 18.6 cm (9 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)

Gift of Cary Ross, Knoxville, Tennessee 1935.57

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While documentary photographers tackled the era’s social issues, modernists such as Stieglitz tended toward timeless subjects like nature. He was the most prominent American fine art photographer of the time. In 1934 the Cleveland Museum of Art organized its third photography exhibition, which included 10 of Stieglitz’s images, along with work by four other photographers in this exhibition: Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, and Ralph Steiner. At the end of that show, a Stieglitz devotee from Knoxville donated the funds for the museum to purchase his prints; they were the first photographs to enter the fine art collection.

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