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Portrait – Mrs. G. G. Haviland, Paul B.  (French, 1880-1950)

"During the years 1908-15, Paul Burty Haviland was a close associate of Alfred Stieglitz and a strong supporter of the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, popularly known as ‘291.’ A collector, photographer, businessman, and writer, Haviland was born and raised in Paris, the son of the china manufacturer Charles Haviland, and grandson of art critic and collector Philippe Burty. Following his graduation from Harvard University in 1901, Haviland joined the family business, serving as the New York representative of Haviland & Company of Limoges. After visiting "291" in 1908, he became an enthusiastic supporter of Stieglitz and the ideals of the Photo-Secession. In 1909 he began contributing articles to Camera Work and by 1910 was serving as the journal’s assistant editor. Haviland’s close association with Stieglitz and "291" stimulated his artistic talent and prompted him to begin seriously experimenting with photography. From 1908-15 he produced a number of photographic portraits, figure studies, and city views. His images appeared in several issues of Camera Work (1909, 1912, 1914), and in 1910 he took part in the important exhibition of pictorial photography at the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo. Returning to France in 1915, Haviland was preoccupied with business concerns, finding little opportunity for art. Later in life, however, he did pursue photographic portraiture for a time. M.M." (Artist Biography – Cleveland Museum of Art)