Horst P. Horst, ‘Odalisque 1, New York’, 1943, Heritage Auctions
Horst P. Horst, ‘Odalisque 1, New York’, 1943, Heritage Auctions
Horst P. Horst, ‘Odalisque 1, New York’, 1943, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 14 x 11 inches; cornered in to a window mat; two small creases extending from the blindstamp; retouching center left to the figure's leg; approximately three pinhead sized retouching marks to the lower right quadrant; one oval shaped impression to the lower right quadrant, most visible in raking light. Framed Dimensions 21 X 17 Inches

Signature: The photographer's blindstamp on recto; signed, titled, and dated in pencil on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, May 15, 2014, Sale 546, Lot 6263.

About Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst (born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann) was one of the towering figures of 20th century fashion photography. Best known for his work with Vogue—who called him “photography’s alchemist”—Horst rose to prominence in Paris in the interwar years, publishing his first work with the magazine in 1931. In the decades that followed, Horst’s experimentations with radical composition, nudity, double exposures, and other avant-garde techniques would produce some of the most iconic fashion images ever, like Mainbocher Corset and Lisa with Harp (both 1939). As The New York Times once described, “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion.” Though associated most closely with fashion photography, Horst captured portraits of many of the 20th century’s brightest luminaries, dabbling with influences as far-ranging as Surrealism and Romanticism. “I like taking photographs, because I like life,” he once said. “And I love photographing people best of all, because most of all I love humanity.”

German-American, 1906-1999