Ansel Adams - Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift of Boardroom, Inc., 1992

  • Literature

    Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, p. 116
    Adams, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, cover and p. 375
    Little, Brown and Company, Ansel Adams: The Grand Canyon and the Southwest, p. 85
    Szarkowski, The Porfolios of Ansel Adams, pl. 6
    Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, pl. 105

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I made this photograph on a crisp autumn day in the mountains north of Santa Fe...near the crest of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, we came across a stand of young aspen trees in mellow gold. I immediately knew there were wonderful images to be made in the area. We were in the shadow of the mountains, the light was cool and quiet and no wind was stirring. The aspen trunks were slightly greenish and the leaves were a vibrant yellow. The forest floor was covered with a tangle of russet shrubs. It was very quiet and visually soft. The photograph is exceedingly popular at all levels of appreciation. I do not consider it a ‘pretty’ scene; for me it is cool and aloof and rather stately.”
    Ansel Adams


Aspens, Northern New Mexico

Gelatin silver print, printed 1978.
38.7 x 49.1 cm (15 1/4 x 19 3/8 in.)
Signed in pencil on the mount; titled, dated in an unidentified hand in ink and 'Route 1, Box 181 Carmel' credit stamp on the reverse of the mount.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £18,750

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Lou Proud
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Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

London 18 November 2014 2pm