Lot 107: DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965) White Angel Breadline.
October 25, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)
White Angel Breadline. Silver print, the image measuring 14x11 inches (35.6x27.9 cm.), the original mount 16x13 1/8 inches (40.6x33.3 cm.), with Robert A. Taub's signature, in ink, on mount verso. 1933; printed 1960s
This photograph was printed by Lange's master printer, Irwin Welcher.
From the Collection of Robert A. Taub.
Taub was hired by the Ford Motor Company in 1950 and had an early interest in collecting photography. By the 1970s--the early days of the photography market--Taub was already immersed in collecting the great photographers of the 20th century. Eventually he gave a large collection to the Art Institute of Chicago, where he had also served on the Committee on Photography for many years. Taub's committment to the medium knew no bounds: his wife installed a sauna in their basement as a surprise for their 25th wedding anniversary, and just two days later he had converted it to a darkroom.
Elliot, Dorothea Lange (The Museum of Modern Art), unpaginated; Metzner, Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), pp. 116-17; Partridge, ed., Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life (Smithsonian Institution Press), p. 105; Davis, The Photographs of Dorothea Lange (Hallmark Cards/Harry N. Abrams), cover and pp. 20-21; Borhan, Dorothea Lange: The Heart and Mind of a Photographer (Little, Brown and Co.), pp. 70-71; Keller, In Focus: Dorothea Lange, Photographs in the J. Paul Getty Museum (The J. Paul Getty Museum), p. 19.