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Mercedes de Cordoba (Profile)
Edward J. Steichen
(American (born Luxembourg), Bivange 1879–1973 West Redding, Connecticut)
Direct carbon print
31.5 x 25.8 cm (12 3/8 x 10 3/16 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Not on view
The striking features of Mercedes de Cordoba—a tall, slender Spanish mezzosoprano who danced and played the piano—inspired several portraits by Steichen and other members of the Photo-Secession. In Paris, Steichen introduced her to the American modernist painter Arthur B. Carles, whom she married in 1909 and with whom she had a daughter, Mercedes Matter, an abstract painter who founded the New York Studio School in Greenwich Village.