Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

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  • Provenance

    Page Imageworks, San Francisco, 1992

  • Exhibited

    A History of Women Photographers, New York Public Library, 19 October 1996 - 4 January 1997, and traveling to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Akron Museum of Art through November 1997
    The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 23 April - 22 August 1999
    Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, 2 May 2016 - 31 January 2017

  • Literature

    Pier 24 Photography, Collected, p. 108 (this print)
    Whitney Museum of American Art, The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, p. 248 (this print)
    San Francisco News, March 11, 1936
    'Draggin’- Around People,' Survey Graphic, September 1936
    Szarkowski, Phillips, and Heyman, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, back cover and pl. 43
    The Museum of Modern Art, Dorothea Lange, p. 25
    Aperture, Dorothea Lange: Photographs of a Lifetime, p. 77
    Borhan, Dorothea Lange: Heart and Mind of a Photographer, p. 133
    Davis, The Photographs of Dorothea Lange, p. 45
    Keller, In Focus: Dorothea Lange, Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum, pl. 13
    Meltzer, Dorothea Lange: A Photographer’s Life, cover and p. 213
    NBC Editions, Dorothea Lange: The Human Face, p. 99
    Partridge, Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, p. 4
    Partridge, Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life, pl. 6.16

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Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

1936
Gelatin silver print, likely an early print.
9 3/8 x 7 1/8 in. (23.8 x 18.1 cm)
Credited, dated and captioned '32 yr. old migrant pea picker, mother of 11 children’ in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

sold for $337,500

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