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Alvin Langdon Coburn

Artist:
Marius de Zayas (Mexican, Veracruz 1880–1961 Stamford, Connecticut)
Date:
ca. 1909–10
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 11 1/8 in. (40 x 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.70.195
Not on view
Despite Coburn's photographic talent and his role as one of the founding members of the Photo-Secession, he engendered many personal animosities within the Stieglitz circle. In particular, his fastidious appearance and his close relationship with his overbearing mother were mercilessly ridiculed. In this caricature, de Zayas accentuates the lines of Coburn's hair and beard. It is possible that this drawing, in which Coburn seems to step outside the frame of one of his own landscape photographs, was inspired by the photographer's one-man exhibition at "291" in January-February 1909.
Inscription: Signed (lower left, in ink): M de ZayaS.
the artist (to Stieglitz); Alfred Stieglitz, New York (by 1915–d. 1946; his estate, 1946–49; gift to MMA)

Lawrence. Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," September 27–November 8, 1981, no. 16.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," December 18, 1981 – February 14, 1982, no. 16.

New York. Center for Inter-American Relations. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," March 2 – April 4, 1982, no. 16.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Marius de Zayas & Stieglitz Circle," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 228.

Douglas Hyland. Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls. Exh. cat., Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas, 1981, p. 27, 41, 92, no. 16, ill. p. 93.

Lisa Mintz Messinger in Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 225, 287, no. 228, ill. (color).



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