Lot Details

Berenice Abbott, Djuna Barnes, c. 1926. Early gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Maine stamp and title on verso. Printed before 1950.

Portrait of Djuna Barnes (1892 - 1982), an American writer and prominent figure in the literary lesbian scene of Paris during the 1920s and 1930s.

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)
At age seventy-seven Berenice Abbott thus explained her approach to making images. She learned photography in the 1920s in Paris, as a studio assistant of fellow American expatriate Man Ray. She soon opened her own portrait studio, where she photographed artists and intellectuals living in Paris, including James Joyce and Eugène Atget. After Atget's death, Abbott was instrumental in promoting his work by preserving his prints and negatives and arranging for publications and exhibitions of his photographs. She returned to the United States and began to photograph the architectural landscape of New York City, which resulted in the publication Changing New York. She taught at the New School for Social Research in New York from the 1930s until 1958.[getty.edu]

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Chips
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Chipped edges right side and lower left; otherwise good condition.
Degree: Minor

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Area
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Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
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Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
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