Happy Days (1902)
About this artwork
This photograph has deliberately been taken at the eye level of the girl who squints against the sun in the right upper corner of the picture. This gives us a more immediate sense of the children enjoying the outdoors and picking wild flowers. Although they are standing in a group, each of them has their own preoccupation, not the least the little boy in the foreground who appears to be offering flowers to the girl facing him.
- title: Happy Days
- accession number: PGP R 195.4
- artist: Gertrude KasebierAmerican (1852 - 1934)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Flowers Children
- date created: 1902
- measurements: 20.5 x 16.6 cm
- credit line: Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985
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.