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Title

The Play of Modern Hands (hands of Ilka Chase, Backgammon)


Artist

Edward Steichen

Luxembourg, United States of America

27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973


About

Edward Steichen was a modernist with a firm foothold in tradition. Five years after he began studies at the Milwaukee Art Students League he had his first photographic exhibition. A year later the work he submitted to the Chicago Print Salon was noted by Clarence White and Alfred Stieglitz. This marked the beginning of their working relationship with Steichen. Steichen joined the Linked Ring Brotherhood, a British Photographic Society dedicated to furthering photography as an art form, and later helped found the Secession movement, which opened its own New York gallery, "291". His career covered a wide range of photographic concerns from the artist to the commercial, the ambiguous to the accessible. Whilst mindful of contemporary issues in photography, his work which at times paralleled that of Stieglitz and Kertesz, was also influenced by developments in painting such as Cubism, Futurism and Abstraction. In 1955 he mounted a huge and internationally influential photography exhibition "The Family of Man".

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994


Details


Date

1931


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

24.3 x 19.5 cm image; 25.4 x 20.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

237.1989


Artist information

Edward Steichen

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 152 (colour illus.).

Barbara Haskell, Edward Steichen, New York, 2000.

Editor Unknown (Editor), American Vogue, United States of America, 15 Mar 1931, 84 (illus.).