The Flatiron

Edward J. Steichen (American (born Luxembourg), Bivange 1879–1973 West Redding, Connecticut)
Gum bichromate over platinum print
47.8 x 38.4 cm (18 13/16 x 15 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
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Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
While Steichen's palette recalls Whistler's Nocturne paintings and the foreground branch echoes those often found in the Japanese prints that were much in vogue in turn-of-the-century Paris, his subject is distinctly modern and American. The newly completed, twenty-two-story skyscraper soars so high above Madison Square in New York that it could not be contained within the photographer's frame. Crown jewels in the Museum's photography collection, Steichen's three variant printings of The Flatiron, each in a different tonality, evoke successive moments of twilight and forcefully assert that photography can rival painting in scale, color, individuality, and expressiveness.
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