Black and white gelatin silver print capturing a man and woman embracing surrounded by pedestrians and below a movie theater marquee bearing the words "Kiss me, stupid."
From Meyerowitz's earliest works reflecting the influence of photographers Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand in the tradition of black and white street photography. The work captures a couple's embrace on New Year's Eve beneath a theater marquee and reflect's Meyerowitz's interest in the spontaneous and human elements of street photography subjects.
This is a brown ink and wash drawing on a light background that depicts an expansive landscape with three figures in a row in the center area. The foreground shows a rocky, mountainous area with the figures standing on a ledge and square-shaped buildings, or walls, on a rise to the right. One figure is an old man with long white hair and a beard, who is wearing a draped robe and holding a staff. A woman is walking behind him on the path and balancing a vessel on her head. Another woman, behind her, has her arms at her side and looks downward. In the middle and far section of the drawing there is a walled city being destroyed with violent flooding of the city gates and eathquake-like destruction of the buildings. Far down the path a lone woman raises her hands in a gesture of distress. There are turbulent cloud formations in the sky.
This drawing depicts the story of Lot and his daughters fleeing the city of Sodom, as told in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible. The UMMA drawing was one of 72 sepia drawings that Martin contributed that were made into wood engravings and included in "Illustrations of the Bible", 1831-1835.
Inscribed: Lith. par Eug. Isabey/ Imp. par Ch. Motte./ Radoub d'une barque à marée basse./ Paris. Publié par Morlot./ Galerie Vivienne N 26/ London published by M Lean. 26 Hay Market Collector's mark, l.r., china paper Stamp, backing sheet, below lower left corner of china paper.