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 Two, pl. 15
    Alinder and Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, pl. 39
    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 240

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, quoted in Ansel Adams: Trees

Transcendence: Photography and the Sublime


Dawn, Autumn forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Gelatin silver print from Portfolio Two, printed 1950.
12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.5 x 21.6 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount; numbered in an unidentified hand in ink and 'Portfolio Two' stamp on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 105.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $6,250

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New York Auction 14 October 2020