Frank Eugene (American, New York 1865–1936 Munich)
1900s, printed 1909
17.8 x 12.8 cm. (7 x 5 1/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1972
Not on view
Born in New York to immigrant parents, Eugene was one of many young German-Americans to travel to Munich to study at the Royal Bavarian Academy of Arts. Alfred Stieglitz and the influential art critic Sadakichi Hartmann promoted Eugene’s Pictorialist photographs in exhibitions and publications such as Camera Work, where this photograph appeared in 1910. Eugene’s interest in a variety of artistic media is seen in the bold manipulation of his negatives. He used paintbrushes, etching needles, and pencils to rework his compositions, thus proclaiming their status as art. This photogravure—a print created from a photomechanically etched copper plate—depicts a classic subject from the annals of art history, the deep chiaroscuro and scratched surface suggesting Adam and Eve after the fall.
Inscription: Signed LR in pencil: "F. Eugene Smith 33"; signed in negative LR: "Eugene"
Frank Eugene; Anne Königer Smith; Mrs. Charles Hendley
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century Portraits, Landscapes, and Nudes," September 10, 1993–January 2, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 64," March 11, 2014–June 17, 2014.
49.55.250 is a platnium print of this image. 1972.633.141 and 1972.633.142 are gravures of the same image which are not in as excellent condition.