Signed in pencil on mount below photo l.r.: Ansel Adams Inscribed verso center: [stamped] Photograph by Ansel Adams/ Museum Set Edition/ Route I Box 181 Carmel, California 93923/ [handwritten in ink] Alfred Stieglitz and painting by Georgia O'Keefe/ at An American Place, New York City/ [stamped] Negative made [handwritten in ink] 1944 [stamped] Print made [handwritten in ink] 1981/ [stamped] Identification number [handwritten in ink] 1312
This black and white print depicts a creature with an alligator-like open jaw with three sharp teeth. The creature takes up most of the image and appears to be floating in space. A black ground with a suggestion of a small plant appears at the lower edge of the composition.
A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles and bulb-like motifs. Around the central design is a ring of larger circles.
A small polished bronze sculpture of a biomorphic form rising gracefully from a small base. Where it contacts the base, the form stands on two leg-like structures. The form rises from there, narrows, then opens up into a wider, more oblong shape at the top.
An early example of Jean (Hans) Arp's interest in biomorphic abstraction. In its attention to basic, generic biomorphic shapes the piece is a kind of study of primordial organic forms, forms suggestive of all manner of life but not representing anything specifically.