Gossip-Katwyk Stieglitz, Alfred  (American, 1864-1946)

Attention is called to the almost perfect composition of this picture. It presents two Katwyk women, who having stopped in their stroll along the beach, had fallen into the natural attitude of their class and stood a while gossiping, catching upon their shoulders the weak, waning light of the setting sun, their united forms casting a long, faint shadow upon the sand. The figures tone in wonderfully with the splendid background of sea and sky, and bring sea, sky and sand together into a perfect picture, whose horizontal and perpendicular lines are relieved and balanced by the curved and angular ones of the sail, tackle, hull and boom.

Reproduced / Exhibited

Homer, William I, Catherine Johnson, and Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession, 1902. London: Penguin Putnam, 2002. (mislabled)

Morrison-Low, A D, Julie Lawson, and Ray McKenzie. Photography 1900: The Edinburgh Symposium. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland, 1994. fig. 20.

Stieglitz, Alfred, and Dorothy Norman. Alfred Stieglitz. New York: Aperture, 1976. p. 10.

Stieglitz, Alfred, Richard Whelan, and Sarah Greenough. Stieglitz on Photography: His Selected Essays and Notes. New York, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2000. p. 182