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Horst P. Horst - Lisa with Turban, New York
Horst P. Horst
Lisa with Turban, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940, printed later
20 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso. Photographers embossed stamp on print recto.

Horst P. Horst - White Sleeve
Horst P. Horst
White Sleeve
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Odalisque I
Horst P. Horst
Odalisque I
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1943, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso.

Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset
Horst P. Horst
Mainbocher Corset
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, printed later
20 x 16 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Helen Bennett, (Spider Dress)
Horst P. Horst
Helen Bennett, (Spider Dress)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Lisa on Silk I
Horst P. Horst
Lisa on Silk 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 - Carmen Face Massage
Horst P. Horst
Carmen Face Massage
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1946, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso.

Horst P. Horst - Study In Ivory
Horst P. Horst
Study In Ivory
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1982, Printed Later
14 X 11 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Round the Clock I
Horst P. Horst
Round the Clock I
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1987, Print made early 1990's
14 x 11 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Dali Costumes
Horst P. Horst
Dali Costumes, Platinum Photograph on Silk
Platinum Photograph on Silk (Pima Cotton)
1939, Print made early 1990's
9 x 6 1/2 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Lisa, Hair
Horst P. Horst
Lisa, Hair
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1939, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Lisa: I Love You (Fonssagrives-Penn) Paris, Suzy Hat
Horst P. Horst
"Lisa: I Love You" (Fonssagrives-Penn) Paris, Suzy Hat - Balenciaga Fashion
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1937, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Edition size 25 but only 15 made. Artist blind stamp on recto.

Horst P. Horst - Female Nude with Chair
Horst P. Horst
Female Nude with Chair
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

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

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 - Coco Chanel, Paris
Horst P. Horst
Coco Chanel, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed early 1990's
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Blind stamp on recto.

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 - Barefoot Beauty
Horst P. Horst
Barefoot Beauty
Platinum Photograph on Silk (Pima Cotton)
1941, printed early 1990s
20 x 16 inches

Signed in pencil on verso.

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 - Helen Bennett, (Cape Dress)
Horst P. Horst
Helen Bennett, (Cape Dress)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Birthday Gloves
Horst P. Horst
Birthday Gloves
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1947, Printed c. 1980s
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - American Nude
Horst P. Horst
American Nude
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1982, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

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

Horst P. Horst - Dress By Jean Desses
Horst P. Horst
Dress By Jean Desses
Archival Pigment Photograph
1952
53 1/8 x 40 1/2 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Edition 1/10.

Horst P. Horst - Lisa Fonssagrives -Penn, Vogue Published June 1, 1940
Horst P. Horst
Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Vogue Published June 1, 1940
Archival Pigment Photograph
1940
41 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Editioned 2/15.

Horst P. Horst - Dress By Henri Bendel, Jewelry By Harry Winston
Horst P. Horst
Dress By Henri Bendel, Jewelry By Harry Winston
Archival Pigment Photograph
1948
41 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Editioned 3/15.

Horst P. Horst - Helen Bennet, Ensemble By Bergdorf Goodman
Horst P. Horst
Helen Bennett, Ensemble By Bergdorf Goodman, Jewelry By Olga Tritt
Archival Pigment Photograph
1939
53 1/8 x 40 1/2 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Edition 1/10.

Horst P. Horst - Dress By Hattie Carnegie
Horst P. Horst
Dress By Hattie Carnegie
Archival Pigment Photograph
1939
53 1/8 x 40 1/2 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Edition 3/10.

Horst P. Horst - Suit And Headdress By Schiaparelli
Horst P. Horst
Suit And Headdress By Schiaparelli
Archival Pigment Photograph
1947
53 x 40 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Editioned 4/10.

Horst P. Horst - Muriel Maxwell, Hat By Lilly Dache, Jewellery By Trabert
Horst P. Horst
Muriel Maxwell, Hat By Lilly Dache, Jewellery By Trabert And Hoeffer-Mauboussin
Archival Pigment Photograph
1940
65 3/4 x 50 inches

Certificate of the authenticity to accompany photograph. Editioned 1/5.

Horst P. Horst: Classic Fashion

8/19/17 – 9/18/17

Horst P. Horst is a seminal modernist photographer of fashion and style. He was an arbiter of taste with an instinctive sense of elegance that became synonymous to his work. He was born in Weissenfels, Germany in 1906 and would prove himself to be a critical figure in the history of 20th century photography. He apprenticed with Le Corbusier in Paris where he learned how to architecturally construct a picture plane, and was later mentored by fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene, who further sharpened his artistic vision with a studied sense of sophistication. Horst began to shoot for French and British Vogue in 1932, and became known for his fashion images that uniquely and deftly captured the time while simultaneously innovating the genre. He had a classic understanding of volume and space, and his images set the standard for much of the fashion and still life photographs that came later.

In 1939, Horst made one of his most famous works, “Mainbocher Corset,” shot the night he fled Europe as the German army invaded France. This photograph, a silver gelatin print of the back of a woman wearing an unraveling corset, is representative of the fragility of beauty in the face of destruction. Its seduction and iconic status lie in the modeling of the subject and the drama of the lighting. When Horst moved to New York he struggled to find work until he was hired by American Vogue for whom he produced an extensive body of fashion work using large format color slides that  transferred directly to the magazine’s pages.

Fast forwarding to the 1980s, there was an increased interest in Horst’s earlier career and he often produced new prints in the refined platinum-palladium process. This resulted in even more nuanced tones, and highlighted the potential for expression in the imagery. “Horst P. Horst: Classic Fashion” aims to look back on this influential figure in photography, whose career lasted over half a century and is remembered one of the greatest fashion photographers to ever live. With an eye for cultivated beauty, skillfully combining surrealism and modernism, Horst created immortal images that have graced over 90 covers of Vogue. The chiaroscuro effects within his photographs, produced with the use of dramatic lighting, and a carefully constructed composition, are key elements that define Horst’s imagery and are brilliantly represented within this unique survey of his work; an oeuvre that transcends both fashion and time.