A Happy New Year Stieglitz, Alfred  (American, 1864-1946)

This image [also titled "The Letter Box"] of two little barefoot peasant girls in their neat Badenser costume depositing a letter, with the diagonal wall of a house as background, is merely a genre study, an attempt at story telling that arouses no special interest. Other men could do it, and I am only interested in that part of a man’s work which the majority would find rather difficult to perform. Hartmann, Sadakichi “An Art Critic’s Estimate of Alfred Stieglitz,” The Photographic Times 30 (June 1898), 260–262.