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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/The Fishermen's Return/1894, printed 1895/1896,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed October 04, 2022).

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“The boats which these hardy fishermen use look as if they could weather any storm and outlive any of their masters, yet ten years is considered a long life for them and the beach is strewn with what were but a few years ago staunch vessels, built of hardiest oak, and ribbed with knots and sinews of steel” (Stieglitz with Louis H. Schubart, “Two Artists’ Haunts,” The Photographic Times 26 [January 1895], 11).

Lifetime Exhibitions

A print from the same negative—perhaps a photograph from the Gallery’s collection—appeared in the following exhibition(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

1895, London, Salon (no. 271, as Fishermen’s Return)
1895, Brussels (as Retour des Pêcheurs)

Lifetime Publications

A reproduction of this work appeared in the following publication(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

The Photographic Times 32 (December 1900): opp. 529 (ill., Landing of the Boats)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on interleaving tissue, lower right, in graphite: the Fishermen's Return / 1894


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Exhibition History
Alfred Stieglitz: Known and Unknown, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, June 2–September 2, 2002; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 6, 2002–January 5, 2003
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 227.
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