Item #CL191-161 Life Mask Of Lincoln, Hand Of Carl Sandburg. Edward Steichen, Amer.
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Life Mask Of Lincoln, Hand Of Carl Sandburg

c1935/later printing. Silver gelatin photograph, titled in an unknown hand with numeric annotations in pencil verso, 24.5 x 17.8cm. Minor silvering, small chips to edges of margins.

Variant image held by University of Illinois, noting the sculpture of Lincoln was by Leonard Volk (American, 1828-1895).

In 1942 the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) held a WWII propaganda exhibition entitled Road to Victory: A procession of photographs of the nation at war organised by Steichen and Sandburg. The press release, dated May 13, 1942, states “Carl Sandburg [Amer., 1878-1967] is one of America’s most famous poets and writers. Author of the great biography of Abraham Lincoln which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940, he is considered an authority on the Civil War.” Another press release from MoMA dated May 19, 1961, concerning the release of its book Steichen the Photographer includes a comment that Steichen considered his photograph of a life mask of Abraham Lincoln to be “his most profound photograph.”

Item #CL191-161

Price (AUD): $2,650.00  other currencies

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