About This Artwork

William Eggleston
American, born 1939

Near Jackson, Mississippi, c. 1970, printed 2002

Dye imbibition print, edition 8/9
55.3 x 36 cm (image); 57.8 x 47.1 cm (paper)
Signed recto, lower right, below image, in black ink: "William Eggleston"; signed, stamped and inscribed verso, lower right, in black ink: "William Eggleston / This dye transfer photograph by William Eggleston / was printed under the artist's supervision / by Nino Mondhe, Hamburg, Germany, / and is published in 2002 by the Eggleston Artistic Trust, Memphis, / in an edition of nine numbered and four lettered examples, / of which this is: [stamped] / 8/9 [inscribed/stamped underline] / EAT # [stamped] 0203.069 [inscribed/stamped underline] / © 2002, Eggleston Artistic Trust. All rights reserved. / The copyright in this photograph is the property of the / Eggleston Artistic Trust. This image may not be reproduced / without the Trust's express written permission. / Image date: [stamped] ca. 1970 [inscribed/stamped underline] Location: [stamped] Mississippi [inscribed/stamped underline]"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "EG. 6705"

Restricted gift of Robert and Joan Feitler, 2006.326

In the 1960s, an encounter with the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson galvanized Eggleston to adopt a more rigorous practice of photography. Blending Cartier-Bresson’s formal rigor with an explorative openness to new subject matter, Eggleston was soon working exclusively in color, producing rich, saturated dye-transfer prints. Although the 1975 exhibition of his work was met with skepticism, it declared to an entire generation of photographers that serious art could be made in color and with unassuming subjects drawn from the artist’s own experience. In this seemingly simple study, an abstracted American palette of red, white, and blue appears in a hanging jacket whose peaked hood carries more ominous connotations. Eggleston’s photographs are the necessary preamble to the work of such later talents as Richard Misrach and Nan Goldin.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "When Color Was New," February 24–April 29, 2007. (Katherine Bussard)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Inaugural Modern Wing Exhibition, May 16–September 7, 2009. (Galleries 188 and 189)

New York, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008," November 7, 2008–January 25, 2009; Haus der Kunst München, Munich, February 20–May 17, 2009; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 20–September 20, 2009; Art Institute of Chicago, February 27–May 23, 2010 (Katherine Bussard); and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 31, 2010–January 16, 2011. (Chicago only)

Publication History

Sharp, Robert V., Elizabeth Stepina and Susan E. Weidemeyer. 2009. "The Art Institute of Chicago: The Essential Guide." Publications Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. p. 284.

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