artist: Edward Steichen
9 1/2" x 7 1/2"
vintage gelatin silver print
provenance: from the Collection
of Eugene and Barbara Schwartz, New York City
stamped on print verso "Photograph by Edward Steichen. Printed
from the original negative"
"On the Art of Fixing A Shadow: 150 Years of Photography"
May 7, 1989- February 25, 1990
The Richard Sandor Collection
Traveling show organized by
the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art May
7-July 30, 1989
Art Institute of Chicago September 16-November 26, 1989
Los Angeles County Museum of Art December 21, 1989-February 25,
**credited in exhibition catalogue
This image was the cover for the
Sotheby's New York catalog, May 12, 1986:
In his autobiography, Steichen wrote "The day I made . .
. [this portrait] Gloria Swanson and I had had a long session,
with many changes of costume and different lighting effects.
At the end of the session, I took a piece of black lace veil
and hung it in front of her face. She recognized the idea at
once. Her eyes dilated, and her look was that of a leopardess
lurking behind leafy shrubbery, watching her prey. You don't
have to explain things to a dynamic intelligent personality like
Miss Swanson. Her mind works swiftly and intuitively."
(A Life in Photography, unpaginated)