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From the portfolio “Lisette Model: Twelve Photographs," published by Harry Lunn, 1977. Image size: 19.25 x 15.12 inches (48.9 x 38.4 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 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.

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Publication: Illustrated: Musee des beaux arts du Canada, Lisette Model, 1990, pl. 49; Editions Léo Scheer, B. Lebon, Lisette Model, 2002, p. 35
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Water Damage or Warping
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Some waving in the paper due to humidity.
Degree: Minor

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Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
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Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Ships From: British Columbia, Canada
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.25 x 15.12 in. (48.9 x 38.4 cm.)
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