Buster Keaton, Comedian
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Artist:   Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon  
Title:   Buster Keaton, Comedian  
Date:   1952  
Medium:   Gelatin silver print (printed 1970)  
Dimensions:   18 5/8 x 24 in. (47.31 x 60.96 cm) (image) 19 15/16 x 24 in. (50.64 x 60.96 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Considered one of film history's greatest comedic actors, Joseph Francis Keaton (1895-1966) began acting in vaudeville at age three. He discovered early on that, "the more serious I turned, the bigger laugh I got." Though the comedian is not smiling here, Avedon's image hints at Keaton's nature via rakish angles and composition. Elements are arranged to frame the eyes and face. Keaton's fingers appear light and loose around the hat's brim, contradicting his stone-faced expression.

Name:   Avedon, Richard  
Role:   Publisher  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1923-2004  
Name:   Avedon, Richard  
Role:   Photographer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1923-2004  

Object Description  
Classification:   Photographs  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Edition:   Edition of 35; 1/35  
Accession #:   81.94.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts