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    Sale 2120

    Photographs By Ansel Adams From A California Collection

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1111

    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

    El Capitan, Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1948

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    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
    El Capitan, Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1948
    gelatin silver mural print, printed 1970-1975
    'Ansel Adams' credit label affixed (on the frame backing)
    25 x 19 5/8in. (63.5 x 50cm.); flush-mounted

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    Pre-Lot Text

    'Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting, or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.' (Ansel Adams, An Autobiography)


    Stillman, ed., Yosemite: Ansel Adams, Little, Brown and Company, p. 24; Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light, New York Graphic Society, 1979, pl. 44