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Florence Henri, Paris

1927
Lucia Moholy (née Schultz) (English (born in Prague, active in Germany), 1894–1989)


Dimensions

Sheet: 40.32 x 29.84 cm (15 7/8 x 11 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1986.249

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

vintage print


Lucia Moholy, wife of László Moholy-Nagy, was the most important woman photographer at the Bauhaus during the 1920s, and her example influenced several other young women there to experiment with the medium. She is best known for her portraits, such as this one of her student Florence Henri, which she described as related to her architectural and product photography in their rigorously objective approach. Moholy would typically take headshots of her subjects from several different angles-strictly frontal, profile, obliquely from above, and three-quarter view-against plain backgrounds, in this case perfectly capturing the graphic contours of Henri’s black cap of hair and white powdered face.

Inscription

On verso in pen: signature and title; stamped: FOTO LUCIA MOHOLY BERLIN, COPYRIGHT BY LUCIA MOHOLY, 30 MECKLENBURGH SQUARE, LONDON, W. C. 1

Provenance

Prakapas Gallery, New York; purchased June 1986.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn