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GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER (1852–1934)
GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER (1852–1934)

Sunshine in the House (Clarence H. White and family), 1913

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GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER (1852–1934)
Sunshine in the House (Clarence H. White and family), 1913
platinum print, mounted on board
titled and annotated 'Platinum' and '1963' in pencil and credited and titled on affixed Museum of Modern Art label (mount, verso)
image/sheet: 8 x 7 1/2 in. (20.3 x 19 cm.)
mount: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.7 cm.)
Provenance
Mrs. Hermine M. Turner, the artist's daughter;
gifted by the above to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1963;
their sale, Sotheby's, New York, October 23, 2002, lot 142;
acquired from the above sale by the present owner.

Lot Essay

The present lot depicts Käsebier’s fellow photographer Clarence White, and his family, at the home of F. Holland Day, in Maine. Between 1910 and 1915, White ran a photography school in Maine, where students, dressed in sailor suits, would benefit from White’s expertise and connections in the Photo-Secession movement. In all likelihood, this image, which depicts White, his wife Jane, and their three sons, Maynard, Clarence Jr., and Minor, was taken by Käsebier during a trip to the school as a visiting artist. The platinum printing enhances the light and warmth of the composition, resulting in an atmospheric radiance typical of Pictorialism.

Other prints of this image reside in institutional collections including the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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