BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPH OF EINSTEIN BY THE CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER MARCEL STERNBERGER. INSCRIBED BY EINSTEIN TO STERNBERGER.
Inscribed on the matte beneath the image: “Herr Sternberger A. Einstein 50.” Additionally signed in full by Sternberger.
Sternberger’s “photographs—including of some of the most celebrated political leaders, artists, and intellectuals of the time—were meant not only to document, but to tease out and capture his subjects’ personalities: FDR looking elegant and determined (his image on the dime was produced from one of Sternberger’s shots); a humorless Freud...; Frida Kahlo smiling beatifically, a flower crown fixed to her hair and mystery behind her eyes; Albert Einstein looking impish (of his portrait, he wrote, ‘It seems quite amazing to me that you could present this subject so appetizingly’). Sternberger’s portraits revealed intimate, rarely-observed characteristics of these well-known figures, who were accustomed to managing their public personae...” (Lucy McKeon, “Photographing the Psyche”).
In a letter to Sternberger from June 23, 1950 (not present) Einstein wrote: "The portraits you have made of me are true masterpieces of the photographic art. It seems quite amazing to me that you could represent an object so appetizingly."
This photograph - inscribed by Einstein to Sternberger - was the photographer’s personal copy.
Size: Image = 10.5x13.5”; with matte = 15.5x19.5”; framed = 18.25x22.25.
An important image with an outstanding association.