Arnold Newman, ‘Grandma Moses’, 1949, Be-hold

"GRANDMA MOSES" BY ARNOLD NEWMAN, 1949, printed 199113 1/8 x 11 - inch image gelatin silver print. Signed, dated and dedicated in pencil on the bottom margin, with Newman's stamp and "1444 Galerie" in pencil verso. Lassiter collection. Lassiter's note: 'After Arnold and Ken traveled together when he lectured many times under Kodak sponsorship at colleges and major art museums, Arnold asked us which of his photographs we would like for our collection and we said our favorite was Grandma Moses. He told us he could not do that since that image was tied up in copyright litigation by her Estate. Later when the matter was settled, he presented us with this image."

Signature: Signed, dated and dedicated in pencil on the bottom margin

Ken Lassiter Collection

About Arnold Newman

One of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Arnold Newman is known for his portraits of major cultural figures, such as Pablo Picasso, Aaron Copland, Marilyn Monroe, Donald Judd, and Josef Albers. Newman was credited with popularizing environmental portraiture, a style that captures subjects in their surroundings and uses significant details to communicate their profession and personality. Newman’s famous photograph of Igor Stravinsky, for example, is dominated by a grand piano silhouetted against a white wall, with the composer confined to the corner. However, Newman never endorsed the term with which he was associated: “Overlooked is that my approach is also symbolic or impressionistic or whatever label one cares to use.” For his portrait of Andy Warhol, Newman cut up his subject’s features, repositioning them to form a surrealistic collage.

American, 1918-2006, New York, New York