Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

September 2, 2017 to May 13, 2018 | Rachofsky Quadrant Gallery
Conservation treatment in progress of the seven muralsUnrolling of Edward Jean Steichen's "In Exaltation of Flowers"Conservation treatment in progress of the seven murals

Edward Jean Steichen, known for his photography, produced seven large mural paintings from 1911-1914 for financier Eugene Meyer and his wife, Agnes. Several members of the Meyers’ and Steichen’s circle of friends were memorialized with their floral counterparts in portraits—including Agnes Meyer, Mercedes de Cordoba, Katharine Rhoades, Marion Beckett, and Isadora Duncan—in a decorative cycle of murals intended for the foyer of the Meyers’ home in New York City. Due to financial difficulties, the Meyers had to sell their townhouse before the mural could be installed. The murals underwent conservation treatment during the Summer of 2017 at the DMA and are on view together for the first time in more than 100 years.

 

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Murals from a "Magic Garden": Edward Steichen’s "In Exaltation of Flowers"

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

From 1911 to 1914 photographer Edward Jean Steichen produced seven large mural paintings for financier Eugene Myer and his wife, Agnes. The large, gold-leafed murals are filled with portraits of Steichen's friends and their floral counterparts, making this project a particularly personal one for the artist. Join art historian Jessica Murphy to learn more about Steichen's circle of friends and how this rarely seen group of paintings brings together many facets of his work. 

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