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Blessed Art Thou among Women

Artist:
Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934)
Date:
1899
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
23 x 13.2 cm (9 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Accession Number:
33.43.132
Not on view
F. Holland Day introduced Käsebier to the amateur photographer and printer Francis Watts Lee. Käsebier made this portrait of Lee’s wife, Agnes, and their daughter Peggy, almost certainly at their stylish Boston home. An exquisite description of the Victorian ideals of motherhood and femininity, reinforced by the biblical title and the print of the Annunciation on the wall behind the figures, the photograph also evokes the idyllic domesticity of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Stieglitz published the photograph in Camera Notes (July 1900) and in the first issue of Camera Work (January 1903), which was devoted to Käsebier’s work. In 1906 he included this print in an exhibition of the work of Käsebier and Clarence White at his Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which had opened the previous year.
Alfred Stieglitz, New York

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Thirty Photographers: A Selection from the Museum's Collection," April 12, 1969–June 1, 1969.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Strand and His Contemporaries," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pictorialism in New York, 1900-1915," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz," October 13, 2011–February 26, 2012.

Stieglitz, Alfred, ed. Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly 1 (January 1903).

Naef, Weston J. The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography. Studio Book. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978. no. 345.

Qui a Peur des Femmes Photographes? 1839–1945. Paris: Musée d'Orsay, 2015. no. 91, p. 96.



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