about 1923
Artist Edward Steichen (American (born in Luxembourg), 1879–1973)


Sheet: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, palladium and gum bichromate combination print

Not On View


Americas, Photography



Dana Desboro Glover was Steichen’s second wife, from 1923 until her death in 1957.

From its very beginnings, photography has been recognized as an ideal tool for recording the likenesses of friends and loved ones. The most compelling portraits often reflect the relationship between the artist and sitter. Like Alfred Stieglitz, whose images of Georgia O’Keeffe may have inspired the look of this sensitive palladium portrait, Edward Steichen took a series of intimate portraits of a woman he was close to, Dana Desboro. This pensive picture of the beautiful young actress who later became his second wife was made not long after the two first met in 1923. Dana’s dreamy expression and tousled hair are skillfully rendered in soft, natural light in a style very different from the glamorous artifice of Steichen’s studio portraiture and fashion-magazine work of the period.


Joanna Steichen; Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY; purchased January 2001.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Virginia Herrick Deknatel


© 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York