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Black Forest Peasant Girl  by Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1864-1946
Black Forest Peasant Girl
Platinum print
23 x 17 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1999

Alfred Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, raised in New York City and educated in Germany. While in Europe, he traveled extensively, taking landscape and genre photographs such as Black Forest Peasant Girl. Like the painters of the Barbizon School, Stieglitz was attracted to the quaintness and simple beauty of rural subjects. The stark tonal contrasts (especially where the girl's white sleeves meet the darkness behind her) and the richly varied textures of the photograph prefigure the strong interest in formal concerns that would dominate Stieglitz's later career.