Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984); Yosemite Valley;
Lot 21
Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984); Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point, Winter, Yosemite National Park;
Sold for US$ 6,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Photographs New York
28 Oct 2008 13:00 EDT

Auction 16121
Lot Details
Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point, Winter, Yosemite National Park, c. 1940
Mammoth photographic mural, sepia toned, mounted to Homosote board, printed 1950s.
*This lot will preview in San Francisco only
84 3/4 x 119 3/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from the Collection of Richard Lorenz, Oakland

    Literature:
    Nancy Newhall, The Pageant of the History of Northern California, a Photographic Interpretation by Ansel Adams, American Trust Company, San Francisco, 1954, pl.56

    This mural and the following six are from a series executed in the mid-1950s for the American Trust Company (later taken over by Wells Fargo Bank), for their offices on Montgomery Street between Washington and Clay Streets in San Francisco. Richard Lorenz removed the murals before the bank was demolished in 1972, and the land it had occupied was incorporated into the site for the Transamerica Pyramid.

    The murals were printed in sections by Moulin Studios in San Francisco. Because of their size, they were developed in mammoth trays, then mounted with wheat paste to Homosote board. Adams preferred the look of flush-frame murals, unmatted, and surrounded by a thin wood frame. Since Adams disliked the idea of signing on the the image itself, these prints were not signed.
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