Erwin Blumenfeld, ‘Maroua Motherwell, New York’, 1944, Osborne Samuel
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Maroua Motherwell, New York, 1944

Vintage silver gelatin
10 9/10 × 7 9/10 in
27.6 × 20 cm
Contact For Price
Location
London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Bibliography
Provenance
Osborne Samuel
London

Stamped 'From the Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld'

Medium
Photography
Erwin Blumenfeld
German-American, 1897–1969
Follow

Among the most successful photographers of the 20th century, Erwin Blumenfeld brought a radical, avant-garde vision to his work in portraiture, nudes, fashion, and advertising, effectively re-defining the potential of his medium. Though he took his first photographs in 1907, it was not until 1941, after arriving in New York to escape Nazi persecution, that his career took off. Working for the Condé Nast family of publications, most notably Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he shot fashion spreads and hundreds of covers, which effectively shaped the look of 1940s and ’50s America. Strands of German Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, movements with which he experimented while in Europe, run throughout Blumenfeld’s work, apparent, for example, in the most famous cover he shot for Vogue, featuring the face of a model pared down to her lips, eye, and a single beauty mark.

Erwin Blumenfeld, ‘Maroua Motherwell, New York’, 1944, Osborne Samuel
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Bibliography
Provenance
Osborne Samuel
London

Stamped 'From the Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld'

Medium
Photography
Erwin Blumenfeld
German-American, 1897–1969
Follow

Among the most successful photographers of the 20th century, Erwin Blumenfeld brought a radical, avant-garde vision to his work in portraiture, nudes, fashion, and advertising, effectively re-defining the potential of his medium. Though he took his first photographs in 1907, it was not until 1941, after arriving in New York to escape Nazi persecution, that his career took off. Working for the Condé Nast family of publications, most notably Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he shot fashion spreads and hundreds of covers, which effectively shaped the look of 1940s and ’50s America. Strands of German Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, movements with which he experimented while in Europe, run throughout Blumenfeld’s work, apparent, for example, in the most famous cover he shot for Vogue, featuring the face of a model pared down to her lips, eye, and a single beauty mark.

Maroua Motherwell, New York, 1944

Vintage silver gelatin
10 9/10 × 7 9/10 in
27.6 × 20 cm
Contact For Price
Location
London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works from Erwin Blumenfeld: From Dada to Vogue
Other works by Erwin Blumenfeld
Other works from Osborne Samuel
Related works
Most Similar