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Clarence White (recto); Unidentified Figure (verso)

Artist:
Marius de Zayas (Mexican, Veracruz 1880–1961 Stamford, Connecticut)
Date:
ca. 1908–9
Medium:
Recto: Charcoal on paper Verso: Graphite on paper
Dimensions:
25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.70.218a, b
Not on view
White's photographic work came to Stieglitz's attention in 1898, and their artistic affiliation, first at the Camera Club of New York and later as part of the Photo-Secession movement and 291 gallery (where they collaborated on a series of experimental portraits in 1907), lasted until about 1912. De Zayas's humorous portrayals of White, including this full-length charcoal and a watercolor and ink bust also in the show, play up the elasticity of his sad-sack face. Here, the photographer's illuminated head and hands lead our eye through the darkness to the camera, tripod, and long black cloth that he is about to pull over his head.
the artist (to Stieglitz); Alfred Stieglitz, New York (possibly 1909–d. 1946; his estate, 1946–49; gift to MMA)

New York. 291. "Exhibition of Caricatures in Charcoal by Mr. Marius de Zayas; and Autochromes by Mr. J. Nilsen Laurvik," January 4–16, 1909, no catalogue (checklist no. 23) [possibly this work].

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 225.

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. 224, 287, no. 225, ill. pp. 224 (color, recto), 287 (color, recto and verso).



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