The Paul Allen collection auction. The Flatiron. Edward Steichen. price realised USD. 11.840.000


The Flatiron

signed and dated 'Steichen MDCCCCV' (lower right)
gum-bichromate over platinum print

Sheet: 19 x 14 3/4 in. (48.3 x 37.5 cm.)
1904, printed 1905



The Met

The flatiron 

Steichen added color to the platinum print that forms the foundation of this photograph by using layers of pigment suspended in a light-sensitive solution of gum arabic and potassium bichromate. Together with two variant prints in other colors, also in the Museum's collection, "The Flatiron" is the quintessential chromatic study of twilight. Clearly indebted in its composition to the Japanese woodcuts that were in vogue at the turn of the century and in its coloristic effect to the "Nocturnes"