(American, born Canada, 1855–1912)
Gelatin silver print mounted to glass
The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2022.15
Roses are a traditional symbol of beauty and its ephemerality.
James Arthur created this photograph as art, a radical concept for a photograph at the time. He indicates that elevated status by signing and dating it like a painting. The young woman cradling the roses—which still have their thorns—calls upon traditional art historical and literary allegories of the transitory nature of beauty and youth.
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