Daniel Chester French, Sculptor, ca. 1909
Elizabeth Buehrmann (American, 1886–1965)
Platinum print; 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (24.4 x 19 cm)
Gift of the artist, 1962 (62.579.30)
Buehrmann, a portrait photographer active in Chicago and New York, was elected an Associate of Alfred Stieglitz's Photo-Secession in 1904. She earned widespread respect for her formal photographs of well-known cultural figures and members of genteel society, often posing her clients in domestic and outdoor settings rather than in a typical commercial studio with scenery and props. Her half-length photograph of Daniel Chester French, the preeminent American monument sculptor of the early twentieth century, presents him seated against a soft-focus screen of trees, hand gripping the lapel of his jacket. Around 1909, Buehrmann visited French at Chesterwood, his home and studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she took a series of photographs of the sculptor and his daughter Margaret French.