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[Female Nude Seated on Bed]

Artist:
Clarence H. White (American, 1871–1925)
Artist:
Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Date:
1907, printed 1907–9
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
23.2 x 18.9 cm. (9 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Accession Number:
33.43.385
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
In 1907 White and Stieglitz collaborated on a series of nude studies in which they planned to experiment with various lenses and papers. Stieglitz placed the camera and choreographed the poses, much as he would later do in his extensive portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe, while White focused the camera and developed the negatives. These three photographs illustrate the range of the imagery and its progression from the most formal and demure image in which the draped Miss Thompson assumes a cool classical pose to the second image which is surprisingly intimate and unaffected. Combining the compositional strength and naturalism of the first two photographs, but exchanging props and interior surroundings for tight framing and expressive chiaroscuro, the third and most accomplished photograph is both modern and sensual. (exhibited with 33.43.401 and 33.43.386)
Inscription: Signed in monogram composed of "CHW" [horizontal] and "AS" [vertical]
Alfred Stieglitz

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