Self-Portrait with Brush and Palette

A work made of gum bichromate print.
© 2018 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of gum bichromate print.

Date:

1902

Artist:

Edward Steichen
American, born Luxembourg, 1879–1973

About this artwork

At a time when photography was still not considered a serious art, a group of photographers known as the Photo-Secessionists tried to demonstrate the hand-crafted possibilities of photographic printing. The moody darkness and dramatic highlights of this photograph emerge from visible brushstrokes, the result of the gum bichromate process. Although Edward Steichen was both a painter and a photographer, he chose to represent himself with palette and brush, not with the seemingly more technical tool of the camera. Steichen advanced the Photo-Secessionist cause through photographs like this as well as the exhibitions and publication Camera Work that resulted from his collaboration with close friend Alfred Stieglitz.

For more on Edward Steichen’s work in the Art Institute’s collection visit the website: Edward Steichen’s World War I Years.
For more on the Alfred Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute, along with in-depth object information, please visit the website: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection.

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Photography

Artist

Edward Steichen

Title

Self-Portrait with Brush and Palette

Origin

United States

Date

1902

Medium

Gum bichromate print

Inscriptions

Signed and inscribed recto, lower left, in graphite: "Steichen / MDCCCCII"; verso unchecked

Dimensions

26.7 x 20 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.823

Copyright

© 2018 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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