Horst P. Horst - Alix (Black Satin Dress
Horst P. Horst
Alix (Black Satin Dress)
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1938, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Hands, Hands
Horst P. Horst
Hands, Hands
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1941, Printed c. Late 1980s
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Dior Dress, Petticoat
Horst P. Horst
Dior Dress, Petticoat
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1948, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Electric Beauty
Horst P. Horst
Electric Beauty
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Evelyn Tripp with Flower
Horst P. Horst
Evelyn Tripp with Flower
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1951, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Lobster Salvador I
Horst P. Horst
Lobster Salvador I
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Lobster Salvador II
Horst P. Horst
Lobster Salvador II
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Park Avenue Fashion
Horst P. Horst
Park Avenue Fashion
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Horst with Gertrude Stein
Horst P. Horst
Horst with Gertrude Stein
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1946, Printed Later
11 x 14 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Bombay Bathing Fashion
Horst P. Horst
Bombay Bathing Fashion
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950, Printed Later
11 x 14 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Marlene Dietrich
Horst P. Horst
Marlene Dietrich
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1942, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Noel Coward
Horst P. Horst
Noel Coward
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso.

Horst P. Horst - Lisa with Harp
Horst P. Horst
Lisa with Harp, Platinum Photograph on Silk
Platinum Photograph on Silk (Pima Cotton)
Executed in 1939, Printed Later
8 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches

Blindstamp (in the margin); signed, titled, dated and annotated in pencil (on the verso)

Horst P. Horst - Electric Beauty
Horst P. Horst
Electric Beauty - Platinum Photograph on Silk
Platinum Photograph on Silk (Pima Cotton)
1939, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto.

Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset (tight)
Horst P. Horst
Mainbocher Corset (tight) - Platinum Photograph on Silk
Platinum Photograph on Silk (Pima Cotton)
Executed in 1939, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Blindstamp (in the margin); signed, titled, dated and annotated in pencil (on the verso)

Born in 1906 in Germany, Horst P. Horst was a pioneer of the genre now known as classic fashion photography who produced distinctive, elegant work that made him one of the leading fashion photographers of the mid-20th century. He apprenticed with Le Corbusier in Paris and learned how to architecturally construct a picture plane. This training carried over into his photographs resulting in Horst’s sessions sometimes lasting for days as he searched for the right blend of light and shadow. Fashion photographer, Hoyningen-Huene, who further sharpened his vision, mentored him and by 1931 he was shooting for French Vogue and then in British Vogue in 1932, thanks to art director Mehemed Agha. He incorporated the influence that modernism and surrealism had on the art world into his photographs. At that time he also photographed such celebrities as Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel, Joan Crawford, and Katherine Hepburn.

In 1939, Horst made one of his most famous works, Mainboucher Corset. Shot the night he fled Europe at the invasion of the German army into France. This photograph, the back of a woman wearing an unraveling corset, is representative of the elegance and fragility of beauty in the face of destruction. That same year he moved to the United States and became a citizen changing his name to Horst P. Horst. He struggled to find work until he was hired by American Vogue. He soon was immersed in the world of the New York glitterati, and, along with his fashion work, he became acclaimed for his portraits of the powerful and the famous. Horst’s fashion photos were characterized by the anonymous treatment of models.

He would continue to work at Vogue and for many other magazines, including Life. His Life cover of 1980 was the most popular of the year. His fashion photographs are collected in numerous museums throughout the world and was the subject of a retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014. Contemporaries Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Helmut Newton have all learned from Horst and his work continues to resonate with photographers and viewers alike to this day.

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