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Robert Frank - A Young Norman Mailer with Drink
Robert Frank
A Young Norman Mailer with Drink
$18,000
Arnold Genthe - Portrait of Author Kathleen Norris
Arnold Genthe
Portrait of Author Kathleen Norris
$100
Florence Henri (attributed to) - Artist Robert Delaunay
Florence Henri (attributed to)
Artist Robert Delaunay
$1,000
Charles Hugo - A Moody Victor Hugo in Exile
Charles Hugo
A Moody Victor Hugo in Exile
$3,500
Izis (Israel Bidermanas) - Double Portrait of Artist Paul Eluard
Izis (Israel Bidermanas)
Double Portrait of Artist Paul Eluard
$5,000
Yousuf Karsh - Ernest Hemingway in Turtle Neck Sweater
Yousuf Karsh
Ernest Hemingway in Turtle Neck Sweater
$10,000
L. Caldesi & Co. - William M. Thackeray
L. Caldesi & Co.
William M. Thackeray
$110
London Stereoscopic Co. - William M. Thackeray
London Stereoscopic Co.
William M. Thackeray
$110
Man Ray - Portrait of a Young Paul Eluard
Man Ray
Portrait of a Young Paul Eluard
$12,000
Barbara Morgan - Beaumont Newhall, Ansel Adams and Willard Morgan in Barbara's Studio
Barbara Morgan
Beaumont Newhall, Ansel Adams and Willard Morgan in Barbara's Studio
$3,500
Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) - Augustin Eugène Scribe
Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon)
Augustin Eugène Scribe
$10,000
Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) - Louis Veuillot
Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon)
Louis Veuillot
$750
By Matt Damsker

The allure of famed authors and visual artists was never lost on photographers, who from the medium's earliest days made portraits of celebrated creators, quickly establishing--or at least advancing--the cult of personality that would blossom in the modern era. As this exhibit shows, as far back as 1850, seminal photographers such as Nadar were posing France’s famous men of letters in all the starchy dignity of 19th-century celebrity, but it wasn’t long before the conventions of author/artist portraiture began to stretch.

By the 20th century, photographers had begun to capture artists more comfortably in their element--often the raffish, roguish or louche element exemplified by portraits of the famous (or notorious) smoking or holding a cigarette or a glass of liquor. The cerebral and self-styled essence of writers and painters such as Norman Mailer, Mark Rothko, Jacques Prevert, William Faulkner, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso or Aldous Huxley demanded a new kind of portraiture, a more candid camera that displayed them as they might be more typically encountered, at café tables or in their studios, amid some Promethean struggle with the muse.

In this exhibit, photographers as diverse as Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank and Arnold Newman are represented by a number of classic portraits that define the genre of the artist photo. Berets, tobacco, searching gazes, and diffident postures are among the touchstones of these vintage visions, and they say a good deal about the self-consciousness of the Western artistic temperament--an outsider’s temperament to a large degree, uncomfortable with the conventions of classical portraiture, filled with dark intensities and touched with daring.

Portraits of Famous People: Writers and Artists
About This Exhibit
Image List

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Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

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