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American Rural Baroque

American Rural Baroque

Artist: Ralph Steiner (American, 1899 - 1986)
Date: 1929 (printed 1980-1981)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 7 3/4 x 9 7/16 in. (19.7 x 24 cm)
Support: 7 13/16 x 9 7/8 in. (19.8 x 25.1 cm)
Support (Secondary): 7 15/16 x 10 in. (20.2 x 25.4 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of anonymous donor, 2013
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.40.6
Description
A versatile photographer, Ralph Steiner was captivated by American vernacular culture and its expression in architecture, billboards, and signage. A meeting with the photographer Paul Strand convinced Steiner to switch to an 8 x 10-inch camera and to rededicate himself to the craft of photography. This picture of a wicker rocker and its elaborate shadow resulted from that effort and, though the subject reflects Steiner’s own interests, is perhaps also a nod to the porch shadows and abstractions that Strand had photographed a little more than a decade earlier.
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