Horst P. Horst, ‘Untitled (Still life with clock)’, Heritage Auctions
Horst P. Horst, ‘Untitled (Still life with clock)’, Heritage Auctions
Horst P. Horst, ‘Untitled (Still life with clock)’, Heritage Auctions
Horst P. Horst, ‘Untitled (Still life with clock)’, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Hinged to mat via upper edge verso; edgwear with some small abrasions, most notably along the upper edge; approximately four creases to the margins with one in the left margin extending in to the image; a few scattered crescent creases, most noticeable in raking light.

Signature: Signed in pencil with the artist's stamp on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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