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Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983)
LOT ID: 78987
Fashion Show, New York, Hotel Pierre, ie. circa 1940

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
15.4 х 19.7 in. (39.12 x 50.04 cm.)
Signed, numbered by the artist, verso.
Print/Casting Year 1977
Edition of 75
Lot description
Edition of 75, from the “Lisette Model Portfolio” published by Harry H. Lunn Jr. in 1977. Negative date circa 1940-1946. Printed in 1977.

Lisette Model (1901 – 1983) was born in Vienna, Austria. She left Vienna for Paris after her father's death in 1924. In 1933 she committed herself to studying photography. While in Nice in 1934 Model made a series of portraits which are among her most widely exhibited images. These portraits already bore what would become her signature style: close-up and unsentimental expositions of vanity, insecurity and loneliness. She married Evsa Model in 1937 and the following year they emigrated to New York. There she supported herself as a photographer, having work published regularly in Harper's Bazaar. Model eventually became a member of the New York 'Photo League,' which would host her first dedicated showing. Model was invited to teach photography at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1951, where her friend Berenice Abbott was also teaching. Model's best known pupil was Diane Arbus, and Arbus owed much of her early technique to Model's example.

Model’s work is in the public collections at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
Fashion Show, New York, Hotel Pierre by Lisette Model
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