Lisette Model, ‘Lower East Side (man), New York’, ca. 1939, Robert Mann Gallery

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

Solo Shows

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

Group Shows

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