"Alfred Stieglitz" by Phyllis Rose

Alfred Stieglitz Taking Pictures, Making Painters Phyllis Rose

Series:
Jewish Lives
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 May 2019
ISBN:
9780300226485
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
256 pages: 210 x 146mm
Illustrations:
14 color + 89 b-w illus.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) was an enormously influential artist and nurturer of artists even though his career is often overshadowed by his role as Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband. This new book from celebrated biographer Phyllis Rose reconsiders Stieglitz as a revolutionary force in the history of American art.

Born in New Jersey, Stieglitz later studied in Germany, where his father, a wool merchant and painter, insisted he would get a proper education. After returning to America, he became one of the first American photographers to achieve international fame. By the time he was sixty, he gave up photography and devoted himself to selling and promoting art. His first gallery, 291, was the first American gallery to show works by Picasso, Rodin, Matisse, and other great European modernists. His galleries were not dealerships so much as open universities, where he introduced European modern art to Americans and nurtured an appreciation of American art among American artists.

Phyllis Rose is a literary critic and biographer. Her books include the acclaimed biography of Virginia Woolf, Woman of Letters, and her classic Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages. She divides her time between New York City and Key West, FL.

“Rose is consistently generous, knowledgeable . . .”—Christine Smallwood, New Yorker