Edward Steichen, ‘John Woodruff Simpson with Le Penseur’, circa 1909, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘John Woodruff Simpson with Le Penseur’, circa 1909, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Cornered in to a windowed mat measuring 20 x 16 inches; overall light age darkening to the highlights of the print; upon close inspection, there are a few lines and spots on the print from the original negative; three very small spots on the figure's lapel; in overall excellent condition.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The photographer; John Woodruff Simpson, acquired from the above; Jean Simpson, by descent from the above; Lee Gallery, Winchester, Massachusetts; Acquired by the present owner from the above.

About Edward Steichen

Though he is immortalized as one of the greatest photographers of his time, it was Edward Steichen's early roots as a painter that allowed him to so drastically influence the photographic medium. “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself,” he theorized. Steichen’s attempt and ultimate success to gain recognition for photography as an art form, alongside his contemporary and Photo-Secession cofounder Alfred Stieglitz, employed a Pictorialist approach distinguished by dreamlike, soft-focused images that reflected the accepted style and principles of other art forms. A later stint as an aerial photographer during WWI led Steichen to adopt a Modernist vision—he would turn to straightforward, clean lines in his work thereafter, moving on to work in commercial photography and become an acclaimed pioneer of fashion photography.

American, 1879-1973, Bivange, Luxembourg

Solo Shows

2014
see+ Gallery, 
Shenzhen,
Edward Steichen

Group Shows

2016
Sydney Mishkin Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Photography: Technology + Art, curated by Emily Ackerman
2016
Time Magazine, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Most Influential Images of All Time
2016
Sydney Mishkin Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Photography: Technology + Art, , curated by Emily Ackerman
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