Nov 30, 2007

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Lee Friedlander

(American, b. 1934)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.1 x 28.6 cm (7 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 35.3 cm (11 x 13 7/8 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.424



Although this photograph belongs to Friedlander’s American monuments series, the monuments themselves are nearly obscured by a web of flowering branches. Gettysburg, site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, is here tranquil and serene in Friedlander’s unconventional framing of his subject. Half-hidden behind their curtain of blossoms, these monuments no longer memorialize the violence of war but meld quietly into the peaceful landscape.

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