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October 1981, Rangeley, Maine

In many of his staged photographs, William Wegman uses his dogs in playful and surprising ways. At first glance October 1981, Rangeley, Maine looks like a mere forest, but further inspection reveals a weimaraner camouflaged by the foliage. Wegman’s image mischievously evokes fairy tales, fantasies, and legends, in which the forest has traditionally been used as a backdrop, and the dog emerges from the forest in disguise like a canine Robin Hood.
MEDIUM Photo-dye transfer print
DATES 1982
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 25 x 20 1/2 in. (63.5 x 52.1 cm) Image: 19 1/2 x 19 in. (49.5 x 48.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right in image in white ink: "William Wegman Rangeley, Maine October 1981"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the American Art Foundation
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CAPTION William Wegman (American, born 1943). October 1981, Rangeley, Maine, 1982. Photo-dye transfer print, Sheet: 25 x 20 1/2 in. (63.5 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Foundation, 84.82.13. © William Wegman
IMAGE overall, 84.82.13.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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October 1981, Rangeley, Maine