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Guide to the Arnold Genthe Photograph Collection
[1895]-1942(Bulk 1906-1927)
  PR 19

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series III: Landscapes

Scope and Contents note

Series III is arranged into two subseries: Domestic Views - United States; and Foreign Views - Guatemala; thereunder it is arranged alphabetically by title or description of view. Each subseries is distinct in both style and composition (Domestic Views are in color, Foreign Views in black and white), having been taken at very different points in Genthe's career; the uniting factor is that both are of landscapes.

Domestic Views - United States are among the last prints Genthe made. In these, he experiments with the newest photographic technique, color photography, which was introduced for transparencies in 1935, just seven years before Genthe's death. It is estimated, then, that these were all taken between 1935 and 1942. Prints range from about 6 by 9 inches to 10 by 8 inches.

In contrast to Genthe's culturally significant shots of turn-of-the-century Chinatown or his dramatic portraits of actresses, dancers, and socialites, these prints are rather less accomplished from a technical point of view. Most are of gardens and trees, a friend's terrace, and a rolling landscape. Only one was taken at night, a colorful explosion of fireworks over the water.

Foreign Views - Guatemala appear to have been taken in 1927 (most of the photos are dated as such). The prints range from approximately 6 inches by 8 inches to 9 1/2 inches by 8 inches. It is likely they were shot in the city of Antigua, which, as Genthe notes in his autobiography, he was "particularly eager to explore"; the mountains in the background of several photographs further indicate this may be Antigua, a city that is set in a valley and surrounded by volcanic mountains. Many of the ten photographs in this subseries feature half-ruined cathedrals. In addition to capturing the ruined churches, Genthe also records some scenes of daily life in 1920s Guatemala: a man leading his oxen as they haul a cart; a woman (parcels balanced on her head) walking with a small boy past a cathedral; a barely clothed child standing on a dock at the edge of the water, palm trees waving overhead.

Domestic Views - United States

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 71 "Autumn Maple"

General note

6-3/4 x 9-1/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 72 [Blooming rhododendrons]

General note

7 x 9-5/16 inches

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 73 [Fair or expo building with palm trees and U.S. flag]

General note

8-5/8 x 5-5/8 inches; original hanging mount from 1940 exhibition included in folder

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 74 [Fireworks over the water]

General note

7-3/16 x 5-3/8 inches

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 75 [Garden]

General note

9-9/16 x 7-3/8 inches

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 76 [House and lily pond]

General note

5-7/8 x 8-13/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 77 "In the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia"

General note

7-5/16 x 9-3/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 78 "Lake at Myron C. Taylor's Country Place"

General note

5-7/16 x 8-3/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 79 "Terrace in the Albert Herter Garden"

General note

7-1/2 x 9-5/16 inches

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 80 "The Woodhouse Water Garden"

General note

9-3/8 x 7-9/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."; includes his studio label

undated

Foreign Views -- Guatemala

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 81 [Child on dock, palm trees]

General note

8-7/8 x 6-5/8 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 82 [Cupola of cathedral]

General note

8-15/16 x 7-1/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

undated
Box: 11 Folder : 83 [Debris inside ruined cathedral]

General note

9-7/16 x 7-7/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 84 [Interior of ruined cathedral]

General note

9-3/8 x 7-5/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 85 [Man with oxen]

General note

7-3/16 x 9-1/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 86 [Men in overgrown courtyard]

General note

7-1/16 x 9-3/8 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 87 [Statue of Western female figure]

General note

9-1/16 x 7-5/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 88 [Stone cathedral]

General note

6-1/4 x 8 inches; "Guatemala" inscribed on verso

undated
Box: 11 Folder : 89 [Trees in front of cathedral]

General note

6-15/16 x 9-1/16 inches; "Guatemala, 1927" inscribed on verso

1927
Box: 11 Folder : 90 [Woman and boy carrying parcels past cathedral]

General note

9-5/8 x 7-9/16 inches; "Guatemala" inscribed on verso

undated

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