Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Gelatin silver print
11.8 x 9.2 cm (4 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
By photographing clouds, Stieglitz meant to demonstrate how "to hold a moment, how to record something so completely, that all who see [the picture of it] will relive an equivalent of what has been expressed." Stieglitz's choice of intangible vapors as his ostensible subject was telling, for the vagueness of transcendental meaning is not easily sustained by material objects. Whether his equivalents achieved their goal is a question each viewer must answer for himself or herself; that they demonstrated the ineffable dimension of inspiration is without doubt.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on 2nd mount, verso UL corner: "177E"
American Federation of Arts. "Debating American Modernism: Stieglitz and Duchamp".
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Des Moines Art Center. "Debating American Modernism: Stieglitz and Duchamp," May 9, 2003–August 1, 2003.
Terra Museum of American Art. "Debating American Modernism: Stieglitz and Duchamp," August 29, 2003–November 30, 2003.
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Barnet, Peter, and Atsuyuki Nakahara. Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tokyo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 25, 31, fig. 7.
Inscribed in original window mat: "177E". Bry number: 177E.