For the collector of fine photographs, here is an opportunity to own a work by major American photographer IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (1883-1976). The image is of Anna Freud (1895-1982), the youngest child of famed psychologist Sigmund Freud, taken in 1959. The younger Freud became a specialist in child development and psychoanalysis, and today there is a foundation in London which carries on her work (google "anna freud centre"). The photographer is considered among the most important 20th century photographers, her best works, of botanicals, industry and nudes having exceeded $300,000 at major auctions in New York. She was born in Portland, Oregon and was in Seattle at an early age, working in the studio of photographer Edward Curtis. By 1913 her work was already appearing in exhibitions. Around 1910 she spent some time in Germany learning the chemistry behind photography, and in 1920 she was in Oakland and San Francisco at Mills College, further refining her technique. In 1929 she associated with Edward Weston and later in life with Ansel Adams. Cunningham must not have made many copies of the image because I see only one in the auction records. This photo measures 10 1/4" by 10 1/2" and with the frame total measurements are 20" by 16". The signature is at lower right in the mat. Condition is excellent save for some flaws at upper right center edge and upper left corner edge, where it appears that some kind of shallow "rills" were traced by the pressure perhaps from a ballpoint pen or similar instrument. The flaws are only visible if you're looking for them; they're not nearly as major as the photos make them appear.. See detailed photos of those areas. See the net for much, much more on this important artist and important sitter.
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