“While Sternberger generally developed good relations with all of his sitters and went on to correspond with some of the most famous personalities of the day, a special bond developed with Frida and Diego,” said Jacob Loewentheil, author of “The Psychological Portrait,” a new monograph published by Rizzoli with 206 photographs of notable figures, including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and George Bernard Shaw. “The Sternbergers spent approximately the next five years traveling from New York, where they lived, to la Casa Azul.”
"What can a photograph tell us about the interior life of its subject? During photography’s early days in the mid-nineteenth century, the photographic portrait was often expected to convey a certain neutrality. Long exposure times required stillness, while the prevalent study of physiognomy, in which facial features were believed to reveal character traits, made some think that visible emotion would undermine the accuracy of a portrait’s static likeness."
We are pleased to share that the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL has announced the donation of a Marcel Sternberger photograph in honor of the late Anne Tucker, a loyal patron and founding member of the museum.
Robert and Malena Puterbaugh donated Sternberger's photograph of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with their dog, which was taken in Mexico City in 1952. The photograph will join the museum's Permanent Collection and will be on view from September 30 to January 7.