Adolf de Meyer (American (born France), Paris 1868–1949 Los Angeles, California)
ca. 1906, printed 1912
26.1 x 35.2cm (10 1/4 x 13 7/8in.)
Mount: 45.7 x 27.6cm (18 x 10 7/8in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Not on view
Perhaps as a diversion from his principal subject, portraiture, de Meyer took a series of flower studies about 1906. Struck by their beauty, Käsebier and Steichen collected some prints for themselves, which Stieglitz also admired. Soon, a de Meyer exhibition was mounted at the Photo-Secession Galleries that included several of the flower pieces, including Water Lilies, a composition that focuses attention on the reflection and refraction of light more than on the flowers themselves.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on mount, recto, BR; "DEMEYER [underlined and with ornamental embellishments]"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto, BL: "Waterlilies 94"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso, BC: "94".