Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Szarkowski, The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Portfolio Three, pl. 11
    Alinder and Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, pl. 13
    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 112
    Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, pl.12

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The whole world is, to me, very much 'alive' – all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can't look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life – the things going on – within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.” – Ansel Adams, letter to David McAlpin, 3 February 1941

Transcendence: Photography and the Sublime


Grass and Pool, Yosemite, CA

Gelatin silver print from Portfolio Three, printed 1959.
7 1/4 x 9 in. (18.4 x 22.9 cm)
Signed in ink on the mount; numbered '11' and '154' in an unidentified hand in ink and 'Portfolio Three' stamp on the reverse of the mount. Number 154 from an edition of 208.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $4,750

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Sarah Krueger
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Vanessa Hallett
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New York Auction 14 October 2020