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    Sale 2233 | Lot 206
    Price Realized: $26,400With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2233 Lot 206

      STIEGLITZ, ALFRED (1864-1946)
      "The Hand of Man." Photogravure on wove paper, 6 1/4x8 1/4 inches. Circa 1902
      Estimate $20,000-30,000

      Gifted from a Scandinavian Family Collection; to a Private New York Collector.

      A stunning photogravure that resembles a platinum-palladium print in its rich tonality and strong highlight details. The title, "The Hand of Man," reflects the transitional historical and artistic periods in which the picture was made. Stieglitz was clearly referring to the emerging machine age, which was dominating urban culture at the time. Concomitantly he made the viewer aware of the artistic impulse that created the image and the hand--his hand--that literally pulled the photogravure from the copper plate.

      Stieglitz reproduced this image in Camera Work, a journal that he both founded and edited, in January 1903. However, the picture in the magazine was on Japan tissue and lacks the overall rich palette of this particular one. Stieglitz returned to the negative decades later, printing other examples in the early 1930s.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $26,400