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Portrait of a Young Girl

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Portrait of a Young Girl

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Gertrude Käsebier
American, 1852–1934

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

Platinum print

Accession #

1977.62

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In 1889, as a thirty-seven-year-old unhappily married mother of three, Gertrude Käsebier made the unusual decision to attend art school. She quickly mastered photography, and by 1899, her work had caught the eye of Alfred Stieglitz, at the time the most influential figure in photography, who called her “the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day.” Renowned for her delicate, atmospheric photographs depicting women, girls, and motherhood, she was also an outspoken advocate of “the unworked field of modern photography” as a career for women: “It seems to be especially adapted to them, and the few who have entered it are meeting a gratifying and profitable success.”

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