Alfred Stieglitz, ‘Selected Images’, 1894-1910, Phillips

Photographs from the Collection of Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C.

Varying dimensions from 6 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. (16.2 x 19.7 cm) to 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. (21.3 x 29.2 cm) or the reverse

From the Catalogue:
Titles include: A Venetian Canal, 1894; Reflections - Venice, 1894; The Hand of Man, 1902; Snapshot - In the New York Central Yards, 1903; Horses, 1904; Snapshot - From My Window - Berlin, circa 1904; Miss S.R., 1904; Lower Manhattan, 1910; A Dirigible, 1910

About the Collector:
With a life-long passion for collecting, spurred by an intense, intellectual curiosity for art, Jeffrey M. Kaplan’s collection transcends classification and speaks to his devotion to all things cultural. Driven by an innate interest in learning about different cultures and ways of life, the photographs in his collection illustrate key moments and movements throughout the history of the medium, unified by the overarching theme of one man’s collecting journey.

The photographs on offer, lots 271-286, include works by leaders in the field, thus demonstrating Kaplan’s deep knowledge and keen awareness of the medium. From Alfred Stieglitz, and his selections for Camera Work, to Ansel Adams and Berenice Abbott, the classic is balanced by the contemporary with an equally impressive selection of works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Alec Soth and Robert Polidori. Kaplan’s particular affinity for Mapplethorpe is evident in the six lots on offer which show the photographer’s incredible depth and include the stunning dye transfer print, Flowers in Vase; the iconic photograph of Thomas that was selected by Patti Smith to grace the cover of Robert Mapplethorpe, her 1987 book on the photographer; and Wheat, a still-life that shows a masterful range of tonality.

This diverse selection reflects Kaplan’s constant interest in acquiring works that peaked his intellect, while offering the thrill that drives the most devoted of collectors.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Printed copyright, credit and date in the margins of the two prints from Picturesque Bits.

Greenough, Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set (Volume 1), nos., 148, 154, 277, 284, 294, 296, 299, 339, 347
Camera Work, Number 1, January 1903, p. 47
Camera Work, Number 12, October 1905, pp. 5, 17
Camera Work, Number 20, October 1907, pp. 43, 45
Camera Work, Number 36, October 1911, pp. 13, 27, 57
Camera Work, Number 41, January 1913, p. 39

Jean Efron Art Consultants, Washington, D.C.

About Alfred Stieglitz

Through his work and writing, photographer Alfred Stieglitz was instrumental in establishing photography as a recognized fine art form. Some of Steiglitz's best-known photographs are of the painter Georgia O'Keeffe (who would eventually become his wife), and in line with his belief that great photography “becomes more real than reality,” these close-up portraits convey as much about form as they do about her personality and their relationship. Stieglitz was feverishly devoted to his work and mission and produced thousands of editions in his lifetime, covering numerous themes that captured a period of rapid transition in American society. In 1905, he opened 291 Gallery in New York City to promote pioneering photographers and avant-garde European artists. Stieglitz achieved his goal to have photography shown alongside painting and, due to his efforts, is known as an important proponent of early modernism and not only as a promoter of photography.

American, 1864-1946, Hoboken, NJ, United States, based in New York, NY, United States