Gertrude Käsebier

Serbonne

1901, printed later
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With its blocks of monochromatic tone, strategically placed verticals and broad, painterly gestures, this image recalls Gertrude Käsebier's training as a painter. In the summer of 1901, Käsebier was in Europe where she visited F. Holland Day, Frederick Evans, and Edward Steichen. This scene depicts a picnic in the French countryside; Steichen stands at left, while the figures of Käsebier’s daughter Hermine, the artist-illustrator Frances Delehanty and Charlotte Smith are seated. Although the scene exudes an air of casual social interaction, it is clearly a staged portrait and there are numerous references to the art of painting, including a smock, beret and palette.
Title
Serbonne
Date
1901, printed later
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gum bichromate print
Dimensions
24.2 x 18.3 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
31390

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