'An immobile image of the lifeless quality of mechanically celebrated holidays, this acid photograph was taken at a suburban housing development on Long Island. The expensive furnishings and plentiful presents indicate the prosperity of the inhabitants, but the antiseptic arrangement suggests a spiritual coldness at odds with the open-hearted love and honor Christmas gifts should represent. For all the neatness of the room, the clocks do not agree.' -- (Documentary Photography, Time-Life Books, 1972, p. 203)
Xmas tree in a living room, Levittown, L.I. has come to be regarded as one of Arbus's most important photographs. Arbus included the image in her Box of Ten Photographs, a portfolio that comprised what she felt were the 10 images most representative of her oeuvre. The subject is exceptional, as it is one of the few photographs by Arbus that does not include people. Large format vintage prints of this image are considered to be extremely rare.
This print is accompanied by a certificate of authentication from The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, signed by Doon Arbus, Administrator.