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Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983)
LOT ID: 77082
Self-Portrait, ie. circa 1970

Polaroid
3.25 х 3.25 in. (8.26 x 8.26 cm.)
Signed, in pencil on recto
Lot description
A unique Polaroid self-portrait. Formerly in the collection of the Polaroid Corporation.

Image size is 3.25 x 3.25 inches (8.3 x 8.3 cm). Polaroid size is 4.25 x 3.5 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm).

Lisette Model (1901 – 1983) was born in Vienna, Austria. She left Vienna for Paris after her father's death in 1924 and in 1933 committed herself to studying photography. Model's most widely-exhibited images are from a series she made in 1934, photographing people on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice with a 35-millimeter camera. 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.
Self-Portrait by Lisette Model
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