Sasha or Cami Stone, ‘Female Nude (Marie Louise Lebeau)’, ca. 1933, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

On matt paper.

Sasha Stone was born Aleksander Serge Steinsapir in St. Petersburg in 1895 of Jewish parents. In Germany, where Stone became a photographer, he belonged to the circle around the important artistic periodical "G". He lived and worked in Europe and America between the wars and is best known for his portraits, nude studies, photographs of Berlin and for his photojournalism. Both his and his wife Cami's photographs were published in German photography annual Das Deutsche Lichtbild. He and his wife fled Germany in 1932. His nude work appeared in "Les Femmes", which was published by Editions Arts et Metiers Graphiques, Paris, in 1933. His nudes are usually in poses that are quite modernist in sensibility and the lighting emphasizes the sculptural shapes and angles of the women. Stone and his wife Cami moved to Brussels in 1932. The studio was located at 18 rue de Naples until the German invasion of Belgium in 1940. He died that year at the hands of the Nazis.

Signature: With photographers' Stone Studio Brussels stamp and other notations on verso.