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Torso

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:
22.1 x 18.7 cm. (8 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Accession Number:
33.43.401
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 33.43.385 and 33.43.386)
Alfred Stieglitz

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Photographs from the Permanent Collection," June 1, 1980–August 1, 1980.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century Portraits, Landscapes, and Nudes," September 10, 1993–January 2, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pictorialism in New York, 1900-1915," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

Stieglitz, Alfred, ed. Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly 27 (July 1909).

Naef, Weston J. The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography. Studio Book. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978. no. 574.

Greenough, Sarah, ed. Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries. 1st ed. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2000. fig. 7.



See Camera Work, Number 27, July 1909, a reproduction from 33.43.391 which showing slightly more of the negative.
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