Lot Details

From the portfolio “Lisette Model: Twelve Photographs”, published by Harry Lunn, 1977. Mat size is 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 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 immigrated 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.

Read more
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:
Indentations / Ding
Area: Image
Location: Lower right, Lower left
Notes: Indentations in lower middle section measuring ¼ inch each, both visible only in raking light (The same condition as when the print was purchased from Christie’s in 2005)
Degree: Minor
Restoration
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Original retouching throughout.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
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.



Degree
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.

CLOSE
Provenance:
  • Private Collection, NY; Christie’s, February 2005
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.5 x 15.25 in. (49.53 x 38.74 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
artnet Assurance Policy: Every artnet Auctions seller has been approved by artnet after a thorough review. All of our sellers are required to accept the following artnet policy: A buyer may return an item purchased through artnet Online Auctions, if the item received is not as described in its listing, or is found to be not authentic.
Please see our full Return Policy for details.

Comparable Works

Log In or Register to view comparable works.