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Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973)
LOT ID: 79479
William Merritt Chase, 1906

Photogravure
8.25 х 6.5 in. (20.96 x 16.51 cm.)
Unsigned
Lot description
Image size is 8.25 x 6.5 inches (21 x 16.5 cm). Mount size is 12 x 8.5 inches (30.5 x 21.6 cm).

A vintage photogravure of the American Impressionist painter and society portraitist William Merritt Chase. Printed and mounted on tissue paper (on the original mount). Originates from the April 1906 publication of Camera Work.

Born in Luxembourg in 1879, Edward Steichen is considered one of the 20th Century's preeminent photographers. A major Pictorialist and member of the Photo Secession, Steichen was instrumental in promoting photography as an art form during the early years of the century. Steichen was the most featured artist in Alfred Steiglitz’s groundbreaking magazine Camera Work and was one of the first people in the United States to use the Lumiere Autocrhome process, when he was experimenting with color photography. In 1923 he worked for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency and soon thereafter became Conde Nast Publication’s chief photographer. He shot regularly for Vanity Fair and Vogue as well and during this time he was regarded as the world’s best photographer. Steichen became the Director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute in 1945. After the war, he became the Museum of Modern Art’s Director of Photography. He held many famous exhibitions there including “The Family of Man” in 1955. Edward Steichen died in 1973 in West Redding, Connecticut.
William Merritt Chase by Edward Steichen
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