Monday, January 24, 2011

The Silhouette

Edward Steichen, Balzac, The Silhouette—4 a.m., gum bichromate print, 1908

The enigmatic figure looming ominously in this ethereal photograph is Auguste Rodin's famous sculpture of Balzac. The photographer, Edward Steichen, knew Rodin and is said to have had an obsession with this sculpture of Balzac even before he met the sculptor. Balzac has haunted more than a few artists over the years it seems.

- David

Source: Edward Steichen: Balzac, The Silhouette—4 a.m. (33.43.36) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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