It is amazing how some people have pushed through with their vision to expand reality for a whole world. One such example is Alfred Stieglitz, the photographer and gallerist, who worked in strong headwind, up against a very conservative American art world.

Here are some examples of such headwind:

  • According to Michael Kimmelman in an article in New York Times, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) described impressionism as late as 1908 as a joke, invented in the absinthe boutiques of Paris.
  • Five years after that, a curator at the museum was almost fired for suggesting to buy a painting of Cézanne.
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) also declined a donation offered by Gauguin

And so the winds changed…

For some more insight into the world of Alfred Stieglitz  may not want to miss this wonderful movie from PBS about Alfred Stieglitz and how he revolutionized modern American Art: The Eloquent Eye from 1999.



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