Gertrude Kasebier

American (1852 - 1934)
Gertrude Kasebier Miss Minnie Ashley April 1905

Biography

Born 1852
Died 1934
Nationality American
Birth place Des Moines
Death place New York City

Born in Iowa, Gertrude Käsebier, nee Stanton, married and had three children before training as a painter. Her interest in photography dates from about 1893 when she went to Germany to study chemistry. On her return to America she establishes a studio on Fifth Avenue, New York. In 1902 she became one of the founding members of the Photosecession Group alongside Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence H White and others. They came to be known as the 'pictorialists'. Käsebier was the first woman to become a member of the 'Linked Ring', which was the British equivalent of this group.

Glossary terms

  • A 19th century movement among photographers who explored the artistic potential of the new technology, looking to paintings for stylistic models.