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Lisette Model

American-Austrian, 1901–1983

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Lisette Model

American-Austrian, 1901–1983

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While training as a musician in Vienna, Lisette Model studied under the avant-garde composer Arnold Schoenberg, who introduced her to the Expressionist painters of the early 20th century. Influenced by European modernist philosophy and aesthetics, Model abandoned music in Paris in 1933, taking up painting and then photography. She gained initial renown for a series of photographs of men and women lounging in deck chairs along the Promenade des Anglais in the south of France. In 1938, she relocated to New York with her husband (the artist Evsa Model), where she took photographs of exuberant characters on the streets of New York—catching reflections of individuals in store windows and images of feet in motion and holidaymakers around Coney Island. Model taught at the New School where one of her most famous students was Diane Arbus, and was published by Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Biography

While training as a musician in Vienna, Lisette Model studied under the avant-garde composer Arnold Schoenberg, who introduced her to the Expressionist painters of the early 20th century. Influenced by European modernist philosophy and aesthetics, Model abandoned music in Paris in 1933, taking up painting and then photography. She gained initial renown for a series of photographs of men and women lounging in deck chairs along the Promenade des Anglais in the south of France. In 1938, she relocated to New York with her husband (the artist Evsa Model), where she took photographs of exuberant characters on the streets of New York—catching reflections of individuals in store windows and images of feet in motion and holidaymakers around Coney Island. Model taught at the New School where one of her most famous students was Diane Arbus, and was published by Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Lisette Model
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
Oct 5th, 2018
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
The Pioneering Street Photographer Who Taught Diane Arbus
Jan 16th, 2018
The Pioneering Street Photographer Who Taught Diane Arbus
The Bible of Street Photography Was Just Updated for the First Time in 20 Years
Oct 30th, 2017
The Bible of Street Photography Was Just Updated for the First Time in 20 Years
10 Photographers Who Captured the Changing Face of San Francisco
Jun 21st, 2016
10 Photographers Who Captured the Changing Face of San Francisco
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