Jul 26, 2022
Jul 26, 2022

Young Woman Holding Roses

Young Woman Holding Roses


James Arthur

(American, born Canada, 1855–1912)

Gelatin silver print mounted to glass

The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2022.15


Did you know?

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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