Anne W. Brigman: St. Gustav and Arch Angel
Tipped to a paper mount, signed and dated in pencil on the mount, with Brigman's 683 Brockhurst label affixed to the back of the mount. Framed in a period frame with an exhibition label from "Images and Ideas: The Collection in Focus" at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, 1998 pasted on the back of the frame. The sitter, Gus Breuer, taught stage design at Mills College in Oakland during the 1930s. This is the only known print of this image, made from an unusual negative manipulation with raking rays drawn on the negative. Anne W. Brigman (1869-1950) was trained as a painter and turned to photography in 1902. "Slim, hearty, unaffected women of early maturity living a hardy out-of-door life in high boots and jeans, toughened to wind and sun" were Brigman's favorite subjects, and she photographed them nude in the landscape of the Sierra Nevada. Brigman was one of two original California members of the art photography group the Photo-Secession, founded by Alfred Stieglitz who featured her work in three issues of Camera Work.
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