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Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983)
LOT ID: 78959
Self-Portrait Montage, ie. circa 1970

Polaroid
7.75 х 10.25 in. (19.68 x 26.04 cm.)
Stamped, artist's credit stamped on mount recto. Archive/printing notes inscribed in pen on mount recto and in pencil on mount verso.
Lot description
Montage size is 7.75 x 10.25 inches (19.7 x 26 cm). Mat size is 15 x 16.25 inches (38.1 x 41.3 cm).

An original and unique montage of four SX-70 polaroids of the iconic photographer Lisette Model. This very item was shown at the 1980 "Instantes" exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, curated by Alain Sayag and included in the exhibition catalogue. From the Polaroid collection.

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.
Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
  • Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
  • Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
  • Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
  • Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
  • Self-Portrait Montage by Lisette Model
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