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Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Cosmos, California", 1981, from "Flora", dye transfer print, signed, ed. D/AP

Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Cosmos, California", 1981, from "Flora", dye transfer print, signed, ed. D/AP

Product Description:

From the "Flora" series, taken in 1981, signed in ink and numbered "D" of a portfolio with two full sets of AP's to be designated copies "D" and "E"


Height 13.5 in.

Width 20 in.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


A gift from the artist to the current owner who was a printer in Haas' studio

About The Artist:

Ernst Haas is considered one of the pioneers of color photography, known for bridging the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity. As a young man in Austria, Haas accepted the invitation of Hungarian photographer Robert Capa and joined the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in 1949. He soon developed close associations with Capa, as well as the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the Swiss photographer and photojournalist Werner Bishof. Haas began experimenting with Kodachrome color film after he moved to the United States in 1951. After LIFE magazine published his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City in 1953, the first occasion that an extensive color photo feature was published by the magazine, Haas gained recognition as one of the most important photographers of his time.

In 1962, a retrospective of Haas' work became the first color photography exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This was an important moment for photography, which was still gaining respect as a fine art medium in the early 1960s. Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, taking photographs for influential publications including LIFE, Vogue, and Look.

The dye transfer printing process, developed in 1946, is known for its ability to produce prints with striking luminosity, vibrancy of color, and depth of tone. This process, which uses a color spectrum larger than any other process yet developed, results in prints with remarkable details in both bright highlights and dense shadows. Prints created with this method are known for their color retention, and have a dark storage stability of over 500 years.

This work is part of the 'Flora' portfolio, a group of fourteen close-up photographs of botanical subjects taken in 1981 and printed using the dye transfer process in bright, luxurious colors set against a rich black ground. Images of Hydrangeas, Gloxinia, Ranunculus, Calla Lily, Cyclamen, and Roses are included in the group, among others.

Cosmos, California is a photograph of a Himalayan Peony after a summer rain. Haas gets up close to the flower so that all of its natural textures can be appreciated. The brilliant yellow stamen of the flower is contrasted with the dark background, adding visual interest to the photograph. Further drama is created by the form of the flower with the petal gesturally draped over the stamen. The draping of the petals, covered with water droplets, combined with the darkness surrounding the flower give the scene a sentimentality and moodiness.

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Ernst Haas (American/Austrian, 1921-1986), "Cosmos, California", 1981, from "Flora", dye transfer print, signed, ed. D/AP

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