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Ralph Steiner, American, 1899 - 1986


negative 1921-1922; print early 1970s

Gelatin silver print

Overall: 8 1/16 × 6 1/16 in. (20.5 × 15.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Harry Shafer Fisher 1966 Memorial Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in graphite, lower right: Ralph Steiner

Exhibition History

American Photography, 1920-1940, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, August 23-October 28, 1979; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Louisiana, November 18, 1979-January 13, 1980; Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 8-March 23, 1980.

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

Cubism and Its Aftershocks, Citrin Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26-April 21, 2019.

Images of America: Precisionist Painting and Modern Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, September 9-November 7, 1982; The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, December 10, 1982-January 30, 1983; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, March 8-April 25, 1982; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, May 23-July 17, 1983; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, August 15-October 9,1983.

In Spite of Everything, Yes, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 30-October 26, 1986; Meridian House International, Washington, D.C., June 25-September 10, 1987; Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, December 5, 1987-January 22, 1988.

Modernism: The Making of the 20th Century Vision, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 22-July 8, 1990.

Photographs from the College Collection: Selected Acquisitions 1974-1978, Barrows Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 21-May 21, 1978.

Ralph Steiner, Class of 1921, Israel Sack Gallery [American Works on Paper Wall], Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 12-September 9, 2014.

Publication History

Treasures of the Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College, New York, Hudson Hill Press, 1985, p.138.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 172, no. 142.

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 146, ill. plate no. 77.


The artist, Thetford Hill, Vermont; sold to present collection, 1975.

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