Edward Steichen - The Photographer

duration : 30 minutes

Born in Bivange, Luxembourg, Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is one of the best known American photographers of the 20th century. Well-known for his work as director of the photographic department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, he ranks among the most important figures in the history of photography. His oeuvre marks the transition from pictorialism to straight photography.

The collection was bequeathed to the MNHA by the artist himself. In order to guarantee the long-term conservation of the collection's 178 photographs, they are put on display in cycles of 20 works at a time.

Following a first exhibition of his images at the Musées de l'État (State Museums) in the sixties, Edward Steichen had already donated to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg The Family of Man and The Bitter Years, two of the famous exhibitions he curated while working for the MoMA. Currently on display in Clervaux and Dudelange respectively, they mainly feature works by other artists. Grouped under the title Steichen Collections, the photographer's oeuvre can thus be admired in three locations in Luxembourg.

01 Edward Steichen | Moonrise - Mamaroneck

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Moonrise - Mamaroneck, New York
1904 (print after 1953)
gelatin silver print

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02 Edward Steichen | Heavy Roses

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Heavy Roses, Voulangis, France
1914
gelatin silver print

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03 Edward Steichen | Grasshopper

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Grasshopper
1920 (print c. 1920)
platine palladium print

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04 Edward Steichen | Self-Portrait with Sister

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Self-Portrait with Sister (Edward and Lillian Steichen), Milwaukee
1899
gelatin silver print

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05 Edward Steichen | Solitude - F. Holland Day

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Solitude - F. Holland Day, Paris
1901 (print after 1953)
gelatin silver print

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06 Edward Steichen | Greta Garbo

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Greta Garbo, Hollywood
1928 (print after 1953)
gelatin silver print
Vanity Fair, September 1930

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07 Edward Steichen | Henri Matisse with La Serpentine

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Henri Matisse with La Serpentine, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
1909 (print after 1953)
gelatin silver print
Vanity Fair, January 1915; February 1933

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08 Edward Steichen | Constantin Brancusi

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Constantin Brancusi, Voulangis, France
c. 1922
gelatin silver print

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09 Edward Steichen | Dana and the Apple

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Dana and the Apple, New York
1922
dye transfer print

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