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The Net Mender

A work made of carbon print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of carbon print.




Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1864–1946

About this artwork

In an 1899 article, Stieglitz singled out The Net Mender as his favorite of his own photographs: “It expresses the life of a young Dutch woman: every stitch in the mending of the fishing net, the very rudiment of her existence, brings forth a torrent of poetic thoughts in those who watch her sit there on the vast and seemingly endless dunes, toiling with that seriousness and peacefulness which is so characteristic of these sturdy people.” He noted that the exhibition prints were printed at the scale seen here because “the subject needs size to fully express it.”

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Alfred Stieglitz


The Net Mender


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1894


Carbon print


Signed recto, lower right, on image, in graphite: "Alfred Stieglitz / 1899[?]"; inscribed verso, on mount, lower left, in graphite: "Alfred Stieglitz / The Net Mender, 1894. / Leica #67B / The Alfred Stieglitz Collection"; verso, on mount, upper right, in graphite: framing diagram; verso, on mount, along right edge, sidways: "Stieglitz / [illegible] / Oak / [illegible] #XXVI / [illegible] 16 1/8 x 21"


Image: 41.8 × 54.3 cm (16 1/2 × 21 7/16 in.); Paper/mount: 42 × 54.5 cm (16 9/16 × 21 1/2 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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