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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 83

    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)

    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)
    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939
    platinum on silk, printed circa 1990
    9 5/16 x 7 1/16in. (24.2 x 18cm.)


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    This print is from a very small, un-numbered edition not intended for sale. It is one of only a few recorded platinum prints made to Horst's instruction on silk. See also lot 57.

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    I don't know how I did it. I couldn't repeat it. It was created by emotion.... 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.... The photograph is peculiar -- for me. While I was taking it, I was thinking of all that I was leaving behind.
    HORST


    Literature

    'C'était hier', Vogue, Paris, December 1939 , pp. 34-35;
    Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, Alpine Book Co. Inc., 1979, p. 65;
    Devlin, Vogue Book of Fashion Photography, Thames and Hudson, 1979, p. 46;
    Lawford, Horst, His Work and his World, Viking, 1984, p. 184; Harrison and Bailey, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, cat. no. 71;
    Horst and Schirmer, Horst: Sixty Years of Photography, Universe, 1991, pl. 8;
    Fraser, On The Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue, Random House, 1992, p. 25;
    Koetzle, Photo Icons: Volume 2, Taschen, 2002, pp. 38-45.