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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)

    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, August 11, 1939

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    HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)
    Mainbocher Corset, Paris, August 11, 1939
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1985-1995
    signed in pencil (on the recto); signed, titled, dated and numbered '43/50' in pencil (on the verso)
    17¾ x 13¼in. (45 x 33.7cm.)


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    Provenance

    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York;
    acquired 1996.


    Pre-Lot Text

    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

    American Vogue, September 15, 1939;
    'C'était hier', French Vogue, December 1939, pp. 34-35;
    Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, Alpine Book Company 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; Horst Photographs 1931-1968, Idea Books Edizioni, 1985, unpaginated;
    Harrison and Bailey, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, cat. no. 71;
    Kazmaier, Horst: Sixty Years of Photography, Thames and Hudson, 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;
    Angeletti and Oliva, In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine, Rizzoli, 2006, p. 18.