Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (May 10, 2005 to June 10, 2006)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005
- Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006
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Rebecca, New York
Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)
24.6 x 19.4 cm (9 11/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
© Aperture Foundation
In 1921 Paul Strand married the painter Rebecca Salsbury. During the early years of their marriage, he photographed her frequently, making this intimate portrait of her in 1923. It is a close-up study of her peaceful, sleeping face, her chin resting gently on her bare shoulder against the white bed linen. The folds and curves of her flesh are softened in the even lighting that bathes her skin, while the claustrophobically close cropping emphasizes her form and at the same time diminishes her more individual features.
Hargraves, Michael. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 79.