Gable and Apples

by Alfred Stieglitz

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Artist Statement

The tranquility of Gable and Apples is an ode to the artist’s softening approach to America. Born to German Jewish immigrants in Hoboken, NJ, Stieglitz was just eight-year-old when his family began spending summers in Lake George. The Hill, as Stieglitz affectionately called the family’s farmhouse estate, became a driving force of his development as an artist. Often unsettled by the rise of American power and the harshness of cities and architecture, he sought to ease the severity of his surroundings with a veil of nature. He employed textures, natural elements, and atmospherics to produce almost impressionist photographs.

Why We Love It

Alfred Stieglitz changed the game for photography, advocating for it as more than a tool for documenting history, and instead as an artistic medium alongside painting and sculpture. He did so quite successfully, eventually becoming one of the first photographers collected by American art museums. While a leader of the Pictorialists—a movement to promote photography to a higher art form and often characterized by dramatic editing and elaborate retouching—Stieglitz forged his own individual path of stylistic manipulation through natural effects such as snow, steam, rain, and light rather than manual darkroom editing. His objective was to blur the lines between imagination and realism, to translate a complete life experience effectively into a photograph: the scent of fresh rain, the sound of a light breeze rustling through the branches. He brings emotion into his artwork, and we feed off of that.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 10
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 25
30"x24" | edition of 5

Alfred Stieglitz

One can’t deny the impact of Alfred Stieglitz in the development of modern American art—not only due to his own photography, but also his work as an art dealer, gallerist, publisher, and promoter of other artists. The rise of modern photography owes a great debt to his drive and determination: Stieglitz made it his mission to cement photography as an artistic medium.Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1864, but grew up in Germany. He purchased his first camera in 1882, creating images of the countryside and researching more about the medium. In 1890, he moved back to America... Read More
and settled in New York City. He solidified his position in the still small world of photography with stints working for The American Amateur Photographer and launching Camera Work.Friend and fellow photographer Edward Steichen encouraged Stieglitz to open an exhibition space, which he did, calling it the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession. It was the first gallery to hold paintings and photographs to the same aesthetic status. The gallery—later known as 291—exhibited both Stieglitz’s work and the art of American and European modernists, becoming the hot spot for promoting new artists and exploring philosophical views in the arts. It was through this gallery that Stieglitz met his muse, the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. He was so taken with her work that he displayed it in Gallery 291 without her permission; when they first met, it was so she could chastise him. Their relationship began shortly after and informed much of his oeuvre.Though photography was still developing as an artistic medium in Stieglitz’s working years, he insisted on taking it to its limits. By the 1920s, he had accomplished much of what was said to be impossible with photo-chemistry: photographing at night, in low light, in bad weather, and in color. He also pushed artistic limits by creating some of the first abstract photographs, making a series of nudes, and developing the idea for a composite portrait. Stieglitz felt that in order for photography to be recognized as an art form, it had to push its own boundaries beyond technical skill into the realm of truly impactful visual appeal. Though he died in 1946, his work stands the test of time and continues to inform modern day photography.
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