Getty Acquires Pictorialist Photographs

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Baron Adolf De Meyer, The Cup, 1912. Courtesy J. Paul Getty MuseumBaron Adolf De Meyer, The Cup, 1912. Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum

The Getty Museum has acquired 13 Pictorialist photographs by such photographers as Edward Steichen, Gertrude Kasebier, Baron Adolf De Meyer, and Clarence White. The images are all from the collection of Raymond E. Kassar, which he assembled in the 1980s. The prints were rendered using such labor-intensive techniques as platinum-palladium printing and bum-bichromate process.

Two of the best-known works in the acquisition are Steichen’s La Cigale (1901), which shows a nude woman partially hidden in shadows, and Heinrich Kühn’s Miss Mary at Her Night Table (1907), of one of his most well-known subjects, his children’s nanny Mary Warner. 

The acquisition, which includes nude studies, domestic scenes, and a view of Venice, adds to the historical depth of the museum's photography holdings.