Jan 12, 2007

Equivalent

Equivalent

1926

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 11.9 x 9.2 cm (4 11/16 x 3 5/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1988.39

Location

Description

Between 1922 and 1931, Stieglitz worked on a series of extraordinary photographs of the sun and clouds that he called “equivalents.” Each one has its own distinctive forms, tones, light and shadow patterns, and symbolism. In this visually engaging, unmanipulated contact print—rich in light and dark patterns—he transformed observable information into abstracted forms. He eliminated all expected references to reality often found in landscape photography, creating a sense of disorientation. The image offers no internal evidence to locate the work in a time or place, as all indications of ground or horizon have been banished. Stripped of their functional properties and traditional associations as pictorial elements in a landscape, the clouds become abstract configurations that Stieglitz saw as equivalents of emotional tension and spiritual conflict, representing his internal feelings in flux.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.