Ilse Bing, ‘Salut de Schiaparelli’, 1934, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

A stunning vintage print on matte paper. A variant is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The avant-garde fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, asked Bing to take the advertising images for her new perfume "Salut", and this is one of those rare images.

Signature: Signed and dated in ink on recto of print. Signed, dated and titled in pencil on verso.

For a slight variant, see: Femmes de l'enfance à la vieillesse 1929/1955, d'Ilse Bing, pl.79; Ilse Bing: Three Decades of Photography, p.63; Ilse Bing. Fotografien 1929-1956, pl.9; Ilse Bing: Photography through the Looking Glass, p.117.

About Ilse Bing

Once dubbed “Queen of the Leica,” Ilse Bing is among the foremost avant-garde photographers of the 20th century, whose portfolio of black-and-white and color prints encompasses scenes of urban architecture, street life, still lifes, portraits, commissioned photo essays, and advertisements—all shot with an eye for the unexpected detail, the unusual angle and vantage point, and a keen sense of composition and form. Trained as an art historian, she took up photography in 1929, and moved to Paris in 1930, where she embraced the radical approach of the New Photography movement, shooting scenes of urban life for her personal practice and on assignment for the top publications of the time. Her career was interrupted by the outbreak of WWII. In 1941, Bing moved to New York, where she eventually gave up photography to pursue poetry, drawing, and collage.

American, 1899-1998, Germany, based in New York and Paris