About this artwork
A vocal advocate for photography as an art form, Heinrich Kühn belonged to a variety of camera clubs and explored new photographic techniques and processes in his native Vienna. The noted American photographer, gallerist, and editor Alfred Stieglitz—who became a close friend and colleague—exhibited Kühn’s photographs at his Gallery 291 and published them in his journal, Camera Work, as a demonstration of artistic accomplishment in photography. Here Kühn gave painterly effect to the classic still life by printing it as a photogravure. The photogravure process uses ink rather than the more common chemicals and was prized by Stieglitz’s circle for its soft, matte surface and rich range of tones.
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Currently Off View
- Heinrich Kühn
- Still Life with Fruit
- 16.8 × 23.1 cm (image); 23 × 33.8 cm (paper)
- Alfred Stieglitz Collection