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Rain Drops on Lupin Leaves

Laura Gilpin, American, 1891–1979
Gum platinum print
Made in
United States, North and Central America
Current Location
Not on view
image: 9 1/8 x 13 in. (23.2 x 33 cm)
mount: 10 13/16 x 14 7/16 in. (27.5 x 36.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
© 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Object Number
In 1940, at about the same time it started to collect photographs, the Saint Louis Art Museum began to host an annual competition called the Saint Louis International Salon of Photography. Laura Gilpin was one of its most distinguished contributors, and her photograph entered the Museum's collection as a result of the event. Gilpin's warm-toned black and white photograph captures young lupin plants before they erect the showy spikes of flowers that are their most obvious feature. Their tender leaves, sprinkled with raindrops, form a sunburst-like pattern across the image. The immature plants speak of rebirth, growth, and potential, while the water droplets on their leaves suggest purification.
- 1945
Laura Gilpin, Colorado Springs, CO [1]

1945 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from the artist [2]

[1] The Museum purchased the photograph from the artist at the Fifth St. Louis International Photography Salon [accession record, SLAM document files], invoice and correspondence dated May 3, 1945 [SLAM document files], Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, May 3, 1945.
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