Lisette Model, ‘Franklin D. Roosevelt’, 1945, Seraphin Gallery

Edition 2/2

About Lisette Model

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.

American, b. Austria, 1906-1983, Vienna, Austria, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2009
Fundación MAPFRE, 
Madrid, Spain,
Lisette Model
2008
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 
Guelph, ON, Canada,
Lisette Model - An Icon in the History of Photography
2007
Musée d'Art de Joliette, 
Joliette, QC, Canada,
Lisette Model
2006
Dalhousie Art Gallery, 
Halifax, NS, Canada,
Lisette Model

Solo Shows

2009
Fundación MAPFRE, 
Madrid, Spain,
Lisette Model
2008
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 
Guelph, ON, Canada,
Lisette Model - An Icon in the History of Photography
2007
Musée d'Art de Joliette, 
Joliette, QC, Canada,
Lisette Model
2006
Dalhousie Art Gallery, 
Halifax, NS, Canada,
Lisette Model
2001
Fotomuseum Winterthur, 
Winterthur, Switzerland,
Lisette Model - Fotografien 1934 - 1960
1983
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, United States,
Lisette Model Memorial

Group Shows

2010
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, United States,
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography
2009
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 
Indianapolis, IN, United States,
Paired Photographs
2008
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 
Washington, DC, United States,
Chance Encounters
2008
Fundacion Canal, 
Madrid, Spain,
Mujeres en plural
2008
Museo di Roma, 
Rome, Italy,
Lisette Model e la sua scuola. Fotografie 1937 - 2002
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