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Ici, C'est Ici Stieglitz Foi et Amour

Artist
Francis Picabia, 24 Jan 1879 - 1953
Sitter
Alfred Stieglitz, 1 Jan 1864 - 13 Jul 1946
Date
1915
Type
Print
Medium
Relief print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 38 x 22.8cm (14 15/16 x 9")
Sheet: 44 x 28.9cm (17 5/16 x 11 3/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Katharine Graham
Restrictions & Rights
© 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Object number
NPG.93.477.A
Exhibition Label
"Here, this is Stieglitz. Faith and Love," reads the translated French title of this satiric depiction of photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Published in 1915 as the cover of the avant-garde American journal 291, it was one of a series of witty "machine portraits" by French artist Francis Picabia, soon to become a leading figure in the developing Dada art movement in New York City. The journal's title, named after Stieglitz's 291 Gallery on Fifth Avenue, pays tribute to the photographer's role in promoting modern art. But the symbolic portrait suggests that he has lost his momentum: it portrays its subject as a limp and broken camera striving toward, but not reaching, the "Ideal," with an automobile gearshift lodged in neutral and a hand brake engaged.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York