ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
It came about on a December day. I had been at this location countless times over many years but only once did I encounter such a combination of visual elements...The storm was first of heavy rain, which turned to snow and began to clear around noon. I drove to the place known as New Inspiration Point...and waited for the clouds to form...Rapidly changing situations such as this one can create decisive problems for the photographer. A moment of beauty is revealed and photographed; clouds, snow or rain then obscure the scene, only to clear in a different way with another inviting prospect. There is no way to anticipate these occurrences.
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, c. 1939

ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, c. 1939
gelatin silver mural print, printed 1970s
signed in pencil (on the mount); titled in ink and Carmel credit stamp (on the reverse of the mount)
image/sheet: 19¼ x 23 1/8in. (48.8 x 58.7cm.)
mount: 26 x 32in. (66 x 81.3cm.)
From the artist;
with Photography West Gallery, Carmel
to a Private Collection
Newhall, Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light, Sierra Club, 1963, pp. 88-89; Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, Little, Brown and Company, 1983, p. 102; Alinder, ed., Ansel Adams: 1902-1984, Friends of Photography, Untitled 37, 1984, p. 34; Adams, Yosemite and the Range of Light, Little, Brown and Company, 1992, cover and frontispiece; Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, Little, Brown and Company, 2001, pl. 89; Stillman, Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, Little, Brown and Company, 2012, p. 102

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It seems Adams only made around 6-8 prints of Clearing Winter Storm, one of his most desirable images, in this size, making this work extraordinarily rare.

Please see lot 11 for a 16 x 20 inch version of the image.

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