William M. Rittase: untitled (steel plant, molten steel)
Photographer's studio stamp and limitation stamps, verso. William Rittase (1887-1968) was known for his high quality industrial photography commissioned for advertisements and articles. His industrial photographs were frequently published in Fortune magazine during the 1930s. Lincoln Kirstein included Rittase in his 1930 Harvard Society for Contemporary Art exhibition, along with works by Weston, Sheeler, Evan, Bruehl, Bourke-White and others. The exhibition is considered by many to be the genesis of the Museum of Modern Art. Kirstein also invited Rittase to contribute to the 1932 exhibition at MoMA entitled 'Murals by American Painters and Photographers'. Of late Rittase has been recognized as an important American modernist.
Keywords: abstract factory industry
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