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[ A photograph in black and white of a lotus flower in the left center of the image. The lotus is brighter than the blackened background and other leaves surrounding the plant on the top edge. ]

Edward Steichen

Lotus, Mount Kisco NY from Steichen: Twenty-five Photographs , 1915

Artwork Type: Photographs
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 13 x 10 in. (33.02 x 25.4 cm)
Accession #: 19931098C
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of University at Albany Foundation , Gift of Stephen and Linda Singer
Related Exhibition:
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections
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Edward Steichen (1879–1973, American) is considered one of the twentieth century’s preeminent photographers. A founding member of the Photo-Secession, Steichen was instrumental in promoting photography as an art form. Incorporating elements of painting, particularly Surrealism and geometric abstraction, Steichen created tightly designed photographic compositions that did not seek to replicate reality. The works on view in the exhibition exemplify Steichen’s classical renditions of still lifes. These exquisitely executed photographs of fruit and fully opened flowers further accentuate the artist’s hyper beautiful and personified subject matter.
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections

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