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    Sale 7434


    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)

    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939

    Price Realised  


    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)
    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939
    platinum-palladium print, printed before 1985
    signed in pencil in margin and on verso
    9½ x 7½in. (24.2 x 19.1cm.)

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    Horst recalls: 'It was the last photo I took in Paris before the war. I left the studio at 4:00 a.m., went back to the house, picked up my bags and caught the 7:00 a.m. train to Le Havre to board the Normandie. We all felt that war was coming...This photograph is peculiar -- for me, it is the essence of that moment. While I was taking it, I was thinking of all that I was leaving behind' (quoted in Lawford, p.185).

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    With Hamiltons Gallery, London;
    acquired by present owner, 1992.

    Pre-Lot Text



    French Vogue, December 1939, pp.34-35, for a variant; Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, Alpine Book Co., 1979, p.65; Lawford, Horst: His Work and his World, Viking, 1984, p.184; Harrison & Bailey, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1985, no.71.


    Valencia, Spain, Institute Valencia d'Art Modern, La Colección Ordóñez-Falcón de Fotografía, 16 October 1996 - 16 February 1997.