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    PAUL STRAND (American, 1890-1976)
    Nathaniel Shaw, 1912
    Vintage gum bichromate
    15-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches (40.0 x 26.7 cm)
    Accompanying lot is original craft frame backing paper: titled, signed, dated, in artist's hand in ink; pencil annotations in unidentified hand "Return to Camera Club / New York / 121 W 68 / Price $35.00" with a Crosby and Company Art Galleries / 2123 Broadway, NY, wax seal.

    Accompanying this lot is a letter of authentication from the Paul Strand archive (February 9, 1994) and facsimiles of over twenty-nine letters from Shaw to Strand from 1912-1927 from the Center for Creative Photography.

    PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection, Connecticut.

    "In the years that I have see[sic] your things. The froth and spume of delicacy has been constantly thrown off and the work is as clear as morning - with a whole day ahead. This is splendid." - Nathaniel Shaw to Paul Strand


    "I am please by what you said of my manner of expression - also I agree with you. But unfortunately the "style" is not so good with it tries to adapt itself to a larger and less friendly audience and attempts at the ridiculous purpose of complete ramification...It is interesting to me how the attitude toward the words and sentences has changed. In the past they used to attempt to remark an emotion, or were they only the vapour from the emotion. One word led to another in kind of a dreamy fog. It was like a fabric draped protectively about an impression. ...Words seem so easily misunderstood and statements so easily misinterpreted that one cannot take too great pains in attempting to be clear and exact. In the past perhaps I depended upon the emotional content to hold the crust together and now the antithises - I try to have the crust hold together the content." - Nathaniel Shaw to Paul Strand





    Condition Report*: Flush mounted to illustration/artist board. Very few and faint losses to edges and otherwise in very good condition. Please contact the Photographs Department with any additional inquiries regarding this lot.  
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    November, 2013
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