A Family On Their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, New York

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Diane Arbus
American, 1923–1971

About this artwork

Throughout her career, photographer Diane Arbus demonstrated a gift for capturing the unusual and
eccentric in a compelling, thoughtful manner. This now–iconic photograph was originally included in a photo–essay, “Two American Families,” published in the London Sunday Times Magazine. In a letter to her editor, Arbus described encountering the woman pictured here in a bookstore: “I said I wanted to photograph her with husband and children so she suggested I wait till warm weather so I can do it around the pool! … They are a fascinating family. I think all families are creepy in a way.” Part of the caption for the image, based on Arbus’s corresponence, reads, “The parents seem to be dreaming the child and the child seems to be inventing them.

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Photography

Artist

Diane Arbus

Title

A Family On Their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, New York

Origin

United States

Date

1968

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Signed by artist in ink, lower right

Dimensions

38.4 x 38.2 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Avedon

Reference Number

1986.2977

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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