[Music: A Sequence of Ten Cloud Photographs, No. 1]

Object Details

Title:

[Music: A Sequence of Ten Cloud Photographs, No. 1]

Artist/Maker:

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946)

Culture:

American

Date:

1922

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

87.XM.94.4

Dimensions:

18.7 × 24 cm (7 3/8 × 9 7/16 in.)

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When Alfred Stieglitz began to photograph clouds, he wrote to a friend: "I had told Miss [Georgia] O'Keeffe I wanted a series of photographs which when seen by [composer] Ernest Bloch he would exclaim: Music! music! Man, why that is music!" In 1922, amidst significant personal changes, Stieglitz created his first series of cloud studies, alternately titled Music: A Sequence of Ten Cloud Photographs; Clouds in Ten Movements; and Music: A Series of Ten Pictures. These images were a precursor to Stieglitz's "Equivalents" series, in which he sought to depict emotional states through visual representations.

This foreboding landscape with its dominating, brooding black sky evokes the personal, familial tumult then occurring in Stieglitz's life.

Exhibitions
Experimental Photography: The New Subjectivity (December 19, 1989 to March 4, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 19, 1989 to March 4, 1990
Alfred Stieglitz: Seen and Unseen (October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996
The Art of Music (September 26, 2015 to May 29, 2016)
  • San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego), September 26, 2015 to February 7, 2016
Bibliography

Naef, Weston. Experimental Photography: The New Subjectivity, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: JPGM, 1989), fig. 1.