Edward Steichen, ‘The Little Shadow Tree in Spring, Connecticut’, 1960, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘The Little Shadow Tree in Spring, Connecticut’, 1960, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘The Little Shadow Tree in Spring, Connecticut’, 1960, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 10 x 7-7/8 inches; wear along the edges with bumps to the upper left and lower right corners; one crescent crease center left, most noticeable in raking light; a few spots of possible retouching.

Signature: Titled and dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp on verso.

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