Artist of the moment……Photographer and painter Edward Steichen

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Since the artist was both a painter and photographer I found it best to start with a self portrait done by Edward Steichen.

Below is a gallery of both paintings and photographs of Edward Steichen.

Edward Steichen was a wonderful photographer born in the country of Luxemburg in the year 1879. His family moved to the States when the artist was a child and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steichen was a leading member of the Photo-Secession movement/ group. Steichen didn’t attend college to acquire his artistic talents, he was an apprentice a company called American Fine Arts. After this he found employment as a designer of lithographic prints.

Whilst growing up in Milwaukee the artist studied much on his own at the public library. He researched artists like Monet and George Watts, two Impressionist painters that influenced Steichen a great deal.

The painting below, The Pond Moonlight sold at auction for $2.9 million dollars.

Steichen was renown for his work with celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

Worked for the key fashion magazines of the time period in Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Steichen was trained as a painter and photographer. He was fond of Impressionism.

In this clip Ted Forbes takes us on a lesson with Edward Steichen.

Worked for the United States Navy photographic department in World War 2.

A brief montage of celebrity type images of Edward Steichen.

When he first saved enough money to visit Europe, he first stopped off in New York City to visit Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz was impressed not only with his photographs, but also his skills as a lithographer and painter. Stieglitz would immediately purchase some of Steichen’s work and the two would go on to try and promote photography as Fine Art.

Price range information: Though at auction the artist has broken the $2 million dollar barrier, one can still find photographs, prints, and paintings between $1,000 and $50,000.

Steichen passed away in 1973 at the age of 96 years of age.

I think of all the photographers covered here Steichen is most impressive due to his painting skills. What a great eye the artist had!

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