Edward Steichen, ‘The Matriarch for Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York’, 1935, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘The Matriarch for Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York’, 1935, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘The Matriarch for Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York’, 1935, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Affixed with tape on verso to sheet of the same size; silver mirroring; pinholes to the corners; folding creases to the right cornes and one center right; a;few half moon creases, most notably;two upper center and two center right; some scratches, most notably two lower left and one center right with minor loss; small indentions visible in raking light.

Signature: The Museum of Modern Art's 'Steichen the Photographer' label affixed to mount verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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