American Copper Butterfly

Accession Number

American Copper Butterfly

Jeannette Klute

Object Creation Date
1950 - 1954

Medium & Support
dye transfer print on paper

13 in x 10 in (33.02 cm x 25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
This color photograph of an American Copper Butterfly in a field of grass is an original dye transfer print by the artist. Klute was a pioneer of color photography and helped develop the Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer process. She left detailed notes on the conditions under which each photograph in the portfolio was taken. This particular image was taken on June 5 with a Graflex Series D (4 x 5) on Ektachrome film.

This image was one of 50 reproductions included in the 1954 publication of the portfolio Woodland Portraits (Plate 27). These photographs were taken over a three to four year period in Rockport and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and Bristol, New York. The series was taken without any manipulation and minimal environmental impact, with natural light and depth of field being the primary subjects of the portfolio. Klute draws attention to often overlooked subjects, focusing in on a single plant or animal and abstracting its surroundings.

Physical Description
This is a color photograph of a butterfly resting on a blade of grass. The butterfly sits mid-ground, in focus. The foreground and background are out of focus, creating expansive green fields of color.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Hedyloidea (superfamily)
available light photography
flora (plants)
grasses (plants)
nature photography