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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3100B Boston
May 11, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3100B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 11, 2018 10:00AM


Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)

Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California, 1944, printed 1970s. Signed "Ansel Adams" in pencil l.r., titled and dated in pencil with Carmel credit stamp on the mount verso, identified on a label from the Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, affixed to the backing. Gelatin silver print mounted to board, image/sheet size 15 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (38.6 x 45.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Good.

N.B. Ansel Adams was affiliated with f/64, an informal group of photographers dedicated to the belief that photography should emphasize its unique capabilities rather than emulating other artistic mediums. Taking the natural environment as their primary subject, the members used large-format view cameras to produce sharply detailed, high contrast photographs that celebrate both form and personal expression.

In 1943 and 1944, Adams made several trips to the Manzanar Relocation Center, located at the foot of Mount Williamson, where Japanese and Japanese-American citizens were interned after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In what he considered to be one of his best images, Adams captured a view of Mount Williamson highlighted by clouds and beams of sunlight and foregrounded by a dramatic field of boulders. While Adams truly believed that the majestic mountain range provided the internees a reprieve from their situation, the impassable rocks might also be interpreted as a metaphor for their imprisonment.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

The mount measures 26 x 28 inches. The frame is glazed with museum glass. No additional issues to report.

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