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Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983)
LOT ID: 66843
French Gambler, Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 1934

Silver Print, Ferrotyped gelatin silver print
19.5 х 15.25 in. (49.53 x 38.74 cm.)
Signed, in graphite on verso. Artist’s copyright stamp and edition number in unknown hand also on verso.
Print/Casting Year 1977
Edition 21/75
Foundry/Publisher Harry Lunn
Lot description
From the portfolio “Lisette Model: Twelve Photographs”, published by Harry Lunn, 1977. Mat size is 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm).

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 immigrated 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.
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