Lot Details

Image size is 19 7/8 x 18 7/8 inches (50.5 x 47.9 cm); paper size is 20 x 19 inches (50.8 x 48.3 cm).

This image is from a series of bodybuilder distortions using Fun House mirrors. This work along with others from the series were on exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012) began her professional life working as a textile designer and fashion illustrator before becoming a professional photographer. Bassman is best known for the work she did for Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked from the 1940s to the 1960s and collaborated with important figures at the iconic magazine including Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and Alexey Brodovitch, who was her mentor at the publication. Her photographs had a classic and elegant feel, were primarily done in black and white. Bassman also used certain techniques in the darkroom to create a style all her own. She would often blur and bleach her images during the developing process to create stylized images with deep contrasts and an overall sense of romanticism.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Margin
Location: Upper right, Upper left
Notes: Pin hole marks in each margin corner; otherwise this lot is in good condition.
Degree: Minor
Area: Image
Location: Center
Notes: Lillian Bassman's own slight color enhancements using Dr. Martin's Dyes.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
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.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
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.

  • Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, to present owner.
Fashion Institute of Technology, Lillian Bassman Retrospective, New York, 1997.
  • Ships From: New Mexico, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.88 x 18.88 in. (50.5 x 47.96 cm.)
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