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Stieglitz wrote to Hart Crane about this photograph several times during the summer of 1923: “The Moment before the apples and gable will remain with me for all time.—There was never truer seeing. —” (16 April 1923). “I try to fathom the real significance of that extraordinary moment at the Exhibition—Gable & Apple. This is not an apple-year—I’d like to try the motif again. The Gable is there.—Ready —” (25 June 1923). “I’m endeavoring to focus my vision—Last year as I sat in the chair the appletrees were laden with apples—I watched those apples daily many hours for several months—& finally the apple & gable resulted—& the other ‘Apple and Rain Drop’—the two results I like. I had hoped to carry the ‘Apple and Rain Drop’ further—but the trees are appleless this year —” (27 July 1923, all letters YCAL).
A corresponding print was given to the following institution(s) by Alfred Stieglitz during his lifetime, or was received or acquired from the estate:
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1949.728
George Eastman Museum, Rochester, 74:0052:0069
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 92.1943.1
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1949-18-56
A print corresponding with this photograph can also be found in the following collection(s):
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987.1100.103
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2009.37.17
Location unknown (inscribed: Lake George, 1920)
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:
1923, New York (nos. 98, as Gable and Apples, 1922)
by Alfred Stieglitz, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite: Hart Crane's favorite / in Exhibition 1923
by later hands, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite, in square: 1; lower right verso: 012
Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.
- Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 16–April 27, 1958
- Greenough, Sarah. "From the American Earth: Alfred Stieglitz's Photographs of Apples." Art Journal 41, no. 1 (1981), 53 and cover.
- Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 777.