Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Winter, Central Park, New York

Artist:
Paul Strand (American, New York 1890–1976 Orgeval, France)
Date:
1913–14
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.5 × 28.4 cm (10 1/16 × 11 3/16 in.) 1st Mount: 25.9 × 29 cm (10 3/16 × 11 7/16 in.) 2nd Mount: 36.9 × 40.6 cm (14 1/2 in. × 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.117
Not on view
Paul Strand studied photography at the Ethical Culture School in New York with Lewis Hine in 1907, and was introduced to pictorial photography the same year on a school outing to the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession. After graduating, Strand made the Camera Club of New York his home; availing himself of the darkroom, the library, and the technical know-how of other club members, he became an exceptional printer at a very young age. Beginning in 1913 he frequented Stieglitz's gallery, absorbing the lessons of modern European and American art, and in 1915, on a visit to the Pan-American Exposition in San Francisco, he was impressed by Japanese wood-block prints.
In the manner of the prints, Strand flattened and tilted his space, using the snow as a flat field upon which the trees could draw their delicate tracery. Although the child at the top of the picture is at some distance from the photographer, the space, tonal range, and pictorial incidents are so compressed that the child seems to be pulling the slender tree into an arc, his sled having momentarily snagged in the web of branches. The tensile energy of this drawing belies the winter idyll that is the nominal subject of the picture.
Estate of the artist; [Weston Gallery, New York]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, October 24, 1980

Hirschl & Adler Galleries. "Paul Strand: Photographs, 1910-1974," March 7, 1981–March 28, 1981.

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. "Winter," February 1, 1986–March 16, 1986.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Paul Strand: Circa 1916," June 19, 1998–September 15, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 40," April 19, 2005–July 10, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand," November 8, 2010–April 10, 2011.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography," October 11, 2014–January 4, 2015.

Barberie, Peter, and Amanda N. Bock, ed. Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014. no. 3.



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