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Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz

Exhibition objects

  • Alfred Stieglitz
    Alfred Stieglitz

    Frank Eugene (American, New York 1865–1936 Munich)

    Date: 1907
    Accession Number: 55.635.7

  • William M. Ivins, Jr.
    William M. Ivins, Jr.

    Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934)

    Date: ca. 1910
    Accession Number: 1984.1024.1

  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw

    Alvin Langdon Coburn (British, Boston, Massachusetts 1882–1966 Wales)

    Date: ca. 1907
    Accession Number: 49.55.211

  • Maurice Maeterlinck
    Maurice Maeterlinck

    Edward J. Steichen (American (born Luxembourg), Bivange 1879–1973 West Redding, Connecticut)

    Date: 1901, printed ca. 1903
    Accession Number: 33.43.2

  • Zaida Ben-Yusuf
    Zaida Ben-Yusuf

    F. Holland Day (American, Norwood, Massachusetts 1864–1933 Norwood, Massachusetts)

    Date: 1898
    Accession Number: 33.43.148

  • Kahlil Gibran with Book
    Kahlil Gibran with Book

    F. Holland Day (American, Norwood, Massachusetts 1864–1933 Norwood, Massachusetts)

    Date: 1896
    Accession Number: 33.43.361

Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz

October 11, 2011–February 26, 2012

A towering figure in early twentieth-century photography, Alfred Stieglitz was not only a master of the medium, but also a powerful tastemaker and tireless advocate for photography as a fine art in the early 1900s. Through his sumptuous and influential journal Camera Work (1902–1917) and his "Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession" (1905–1917), known to insiders simply as "291" for its address on Fifth Avenue, Stieglitz introduced the public to the best of artistic photography and, eventually, modern art. He was also his gallery's best client, supporting the artists he most admired by purchasing their work. Stieglitz's photography collection, donated to the Metropolitan by gift in 1933 and bequest following his death in 1946, constitutes the finest gathering of Photo-Secession works anywhere.

This exhibition, which coincides with the exhibition Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe, presents some forty-eight photographic treasures by Anne Brigman, Alvin Langdon Coburn, F. Holland Day, Gertrude Käsebier, Joseph Keiley, Heinrich Kühn, Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and others.

Left: Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934). Blessed Art Thou among Women, 1899. Platinum print; 23 x 13.2 cm (9 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)


Related Exhibition

Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe 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.