Re: Pond-moonrise (was: Re: Steichen image in April's 'Vanity Fair'
You are attributing that quote incorrectly to me. I simply asked the question about the Chicago exhibition print.
IIRC, the Steichen print I saw was dark and haunting with a deep teal sky (PBk31?). The first image on your current page (from the Sotheby catalog) is closest to what I recall. But, it has also been 20 years and I have seen so many reproductions of it that my memory may be incorrect. However, my memory seems to match JG's recollection as well. That said, the third image on your page looks like a poorly reproduced and posterized copy to me. From the Steichen prints I've seen in person, I doubt it is representative of the actual piece.
In any event, Pond-Moonrise remains one of the most gorgeous prints I've ever seen. I've also seen/held Chicago's copy of his self- portrait with brush. It too is deep and masterful.
Edouard must have really had that pigment stain testing down...
On Mar 18, 2009, at 12:22 PM, Katharine Thayer wrote:
On Mar 17, 2009, at 7:02 PM, Joseph Smigiel wroteOn Tue, 17 Mar 2009, Katharine Thayer wrote:... But the bottom one, the cyanotype over platinum, it seems pretty certain to me that the cyan is printed with a reversed negative. I don't know if MOMA has analyzed this print the way the Met has analyzed theirs, but since I don't know otherwise, I'm taking on faith that they know for sure that this is cyanotype over platinum and not hand-applied color over platinum. I'd be willing to bet big bucks that he simply colored in the moon (notice that he didn't think to color in a reflection of it in the water).Fools rush in... Which is to say, it looks to me from the 3 images on Katharine's site, that the most (only?) truly beautiful one is the 3rd, that is, with the blue sky and the possibly hand- colored moon.