Eliot Porter, ‘Intimate Landscapes’, 1979, Phillips

Photographs from the Collection of Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C.

New York: Daniel Wolf Press

Each approximately 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 27.3 cm)

From the Catalogue:
Titles include: Redbud trees in bottomland. Near Red River Gorge, Kentucky. April 17, 1968; Colorful trees. Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. October, 1967; Foxtail grass. Lake City, Colorado. August, 1957; Shadbush. Near Hillsborough, New Hampshire. April 28, 1957; Columbine leaves. Great Spruce Head Island, Maine. July 27, 1974; Frostbitten apples. Tesuque, New Mexico. November 21, 1966; Trunks of maple and birch with oak leaves. Passaconaway Road, New Hampshire. October 7, 1956; Stones and cracked mud. Black Place, New Mexico. June 9, 1977; Rock-eroded stream bed. Coyote Gulch, Utah. August 14, 1971; River edge at sunset. Below Piute Rapids, San Juan River, Colorado. May 24, 1962

About the Collector:
With a life-long passion for collecting, spurred by an intense, intellectual curiosity for art, Jeffrey M. Kaplan’s collection transcends classification and speaks to his devotion to all things cultural. Driven by an innate interest in learning about different cultures and ways of life, the photographs in his collection illustrate key moments and movements throughout the history of the medium, unified by the overarching theme of one man’s collecting journey.

The photographs on offer, lots 271-286, include works by leaders in the field, thus demonstrating Kaplan’s deep knowledge and keen awareness of the medium. From Alfred Stieglitz, and his selections for Camera Work, to Ansel Adams and Berenice Abbott, the classic is balanced by the contemporary with an equally impressive selection of works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Alec Soth and Robert Polidori. Kaplan’s particular affinity for Mapplethorpe is evident in the six lots on offer which show the photographer’s incredible depth and include the stunning dye transfer print, Flowers in Vase; the iconic photograph of Thomas that was selected by Patti Smith to grace the cover of Robert Mapplethorpe, her 1987 book on the photographer; and Wheat, a still-life that shows a masterful range of tonality.

This diverse selection reflects Kaplan’s constant interest in acquiring works that peaked his intellect, while offering the thrill that drives the most devoted of collectors.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Each signed in pencil on the mount; Portfolio copyright credit stamp on the reverse of the mount. Each within individual paper folios with printed title and date. Signed and numbered 79 in ink on the colophon. Contained within a tan linen clamshell case with gold embossed leather title plate.

Jean Efron Art Consultants, Washington, D.C.

About Eliot Porter