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Stieglitz and His Artists

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

Exhibition objects

  • Sleeping Muse

    Constantin Brancusi (French (born Romania), Hobita 1876–1957 Paris)

    Date: 1910
    Accession Number: 49.70.225

  • Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II)

    Vasily Kandinsky (French (born Russia), Moscow 1866–1944 Neuilly-sur-Seine)

    Date: 1912
    Accession Number: 49.70.1

  • Female Torso

    Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

    Date: 1906; cast ca. 1908
    Accession Number: 49.70.222

  • Nude

    Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

    Date: ca. 1908
    Accession Number: 49.70.8

  • Here, This Is Stieglitz Here

    Francis Picabia (French, Paris 1879–1953 Paris)

    Date: 1915
    Accession Number: 49.70.14

  • Standing Female Nude

    Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)

    Date: 1910
    Accession Number: 49.70.34

Featured Media

Stieglitz and the New York Art Scene

Program information

This Sunday at the Met program discusses Alfred Stieglitz and the New York Art Scene between 1905 and 1946.

Recorded on October 23, 2011, in conjunction with the exhibition Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe, on view October 13, 2011, through January 2, 2012.

Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe

October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012

Accompanied by a catalogue and an Audio Guide

This exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949. In addition to being a master photographer, Stieglitz (1864–1946) was a visionary promoter of modern American and European art, and he assembled a vast art collection of exceptional breadth and depth. Through a succession of influential galleries that he ran in New York City between 1905 and 1946, Stieglitz exhibited many of the most important artists of the era, and he collected works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Gino Severini, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Demuth, and Arthur Dove. For more than sixty years, the Alfred Stieglitz Collection has been the cornerstone of the Museum's holdings of modern American art.

The exhibition features some two hundred major works by American and European modernists, supplemented by photographs by the Photo-Secessionists and publications by Stieglitz—all from the Metropolitan's holdings. Highlights include Picasso's Woman Ironing and Standing Female Nude, Kandinsky's Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II), Brancusi's Sleeping Muse, O'Keeffe's Black Iris and Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue, Demuth's I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, and Hartley's Portrait of a German Officer.