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Maker(s):Käsebier, Gertrude
Culture:American (1852-1934)
Title:Silhouette Portrait of a Boy in Profile
Date Made:1905
Materials:gum print
Accession Number:  AC 2010.138
Credit Line:Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Käsebier specialized in portraits, employing casual poses and natural lighting and often featuring her sitters, typically women and children, large within the frame. Käsebier’s history as a painter allowed her to manipulate her photographs to accomplish the painterly quality prized by Alfred Stieglitz’s Photo-Secession group, of which she was a founding member.

Silhouette, a manner of portraiture in which the artist cuts a person’s profile out of dark paper, was the most popular, affordable form of portraiture in use since the eighteenth century, until the advent of photography rendered it passé. Käsebier, however, clearly admired the aesthetic of silhouette and made a number of backlit photographic portraits such as this one.

MD, 2011

boys; children; lighting; portraits; silhouettes

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