Edward Steichen, ‘Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris from Camera Work XLII/XLIII’, 1913, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris from Camera Work XLII/XLIII’, 1913, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris from Camera Work XLII/XLIII’, 1913, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris from Camera Work XLII/XLIII’, 1913, Heritage Auctions
Edward Steichen, ‘Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris from Camera Work XLII/XLIII’, 1913, Heritage Auctions

Yvette Guilbert, a singer, was a headliner at the Moulin Rouge. Performing regularly in the 1890s in Paris, she became one of Henri de Toulouse-lautrec's favorite subjects.

Condition Report: Hinged to mat along upper corners verso; one approximate 2-1/2 inch;folding crease to the lower left corner; scattered crescent creases, most notably one to the center, most noticeable in raking light; one approximate 1-1/4 inch linear indentation upper center to the figure's face, most noticeable in raking light; framed under glass.  Framed Dimensions 26 X 21 Inches

Signature: Titled, dated, and annotated 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