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Ici, c’est ici Stieglitz / foi et amour, Alfred Stieglitz 1864–1946

“Here, this is Stieglitz here / faith and love,” reads the translated French title of this satiric depiction of photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Published in 1915, as the cover of the avant-garde American journal 291, the original collage was one of a series of witty “mecanomorphs,” or machine portraits, by French artist Francis Picabia, soon to become a leading figure in the developing Dada art movement in New York City. The journal’s title derived from Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery on Fifth Avenue, a social and creative hub for modernists—many of whom Picabia documented in his Mecanomorph series.

In this symbolic portrait of Stieglitz, Picabia used the imagery of machine parts and technical manuals ...

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