Acquired from the artist by the present owner
Arnold Newman is acknowledged as one of the great masters of 20th and 21st century photography and is widely recognized as the "Father of Environmental Portraiture." Over a career lasting 65 years, Arnold Newman photographed some of the most famous figures in politics, business and the arts.
Born in New York City in 1918, Newman was raised and educated in Atlantic City and Miami Beach. He studied art from 1936 to 1938 under a scholarship at the University of Miami. He began his photography career in 1938 at chain portrait studios in Philadelphia, Baltimore and West Palm Beach, and shortly after began working independently in abstract and documentary photography. In June of 1941, Beaumont Newhall of the Museum of Modern Art and Alfred Stieglitz "discovered" the young photographer and gave him an exhibition with Ben Rose at the A-D Gallery in New York. Newman began working on experimental portraiture, developing an approach that is regarded as having been widely influential in portrait photography today. His solo show in 1945 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Artists Look Like This," attracted national attention.
In 1948, Newman established his residence and in a separate building, his studio, on West 67th street, a block where many artists lived and worked. Newman befriended many of his subjects, and his collection includes several important works which he received as gifts from some of the leading contemporary artists of his time. Stuart Davis, Hans Hofmann, Chaim Gross, and Raphael Soyer were just a few of his friends who were frequent visitors to his studio and guests in his home. Newman married Augusta Rubinstein in 1949, and within a few years became the father of two sons, David and Eric. He was passionately devoted to his family, and spent much of his time with them during the summer months in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where several of his artist friends also resided, such as Gross, Soyer and Robert Motherwell.
Arnold Newman has been profiled extensively in numerous American and international magazines, and his work has been featured in important monographs and general histories of photography. His one-man shows have traveled the world and his photographs may be found in many leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as in many other museums and private collections around the world.
Christie's is honored to offer Impressionist and Modern Art, Post War and Contemporary Art, American Paintings, Tribal Art, Prints and Fine Art in the House Sale from the Estate of Arnold Newman. We take great pride in having been given the opportunity to present these extraordinary works in a series of exciting sales throughout this fall season.
Property from the Estate of Arnold Newman