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Steichen, George Gershwin

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A portrait by Edward Steichen of George Gershwin, published in the January 1929 issue of Vanity Fair. The portrait is a shorthand for Gershwin's character: profile theatrically chiseled in light, a trademark up-tempo perfecto, a curl of smoke suggesting a wisp of song. Gershwin, who often composed with his brother Ira, established numerous landmarks in popular music. Standards as diverse as "Swanee" (which he wrote at the age of 19) and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and musical comedies such as Strike Up the Band, Funny Face and Girl Crazy, seem as durable in their own way as his more ambitious works, which included Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, and the symphony An American in Paris. So many of the top vocalists had recorded his songs from the teens through the Depression that Gershwin's death in 1937, at age 38 (the result of a brain tumor) placed a pall across the land, from Tin Pan Alley to the Hollywood Hills.

This beautiful silver gelatin print comes with an option of a black or white frame.

This print is part of a limited-edition selection by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his team, of a photograph taken from the magazine’s archives. Revamped by Condé Nast in 1914, Vanity Fair has published the writings and photographs of some of the great American luminaries, including Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton. Each print in this edition is stamped and numbered.

Product Information

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
silver gelatin print
Print dimensions:
16" x 20"
Framed dimensions:
19" x 23" x 1 1/2"
Keep in a dry environment.