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The Little Rounded Mirror

Accession Number
2012/1.212

Title
The Little Rounded Mirror

Artist(s)
Edward Steichen

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1901

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
8 1/2 in x 5 5/8 in (21.59 cm x 14.29 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions: Curators Choice Part I, November 12, 2011-March 18, 2012
Edward Jean Steichen
United States, born Luxembourg, 1879–1973
The Little Round Mirror
1901
Photogravure
Promised Gift of Larry and Maxine Snider

Subject matter
In this photograph, a female nude figure stands with her body twisting slightly and facing a small, round mirror. The curve of her body is excentuated by the highlights on her shoulder and the edges of the mirror. As she gazes at her own reflection, her identity is concealed. The soft focus and muted, velvety tones create an evocatitve mood and dreamlike state. This photograph is characterist of Edward Steichen's early nudes. It was included in Issue No. 14 of Camera Work, an edition entirely devoted to his work and shared with four installation shots by Stieglitz of the newly opened Little Galleries, which Steichen helped design and where he exhibited his work.

Physical Description
A nude woman stands with her back to the viewer. Her hands rest on her long dark hair as she gazes into a small, round mirror. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
figures (representations)
mirrors
nudes (representations)
reflections (perceived properties)
women (female humans)

2 Related Resources

Exploring Gender and Sexuality
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Looking Into the Mirror
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)

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