Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969); Wet Veil, Paris;
Lot 20
Erwin Blumenfeld
(1897-1969)
Wet Veil, Paris
Sold for US$ 20,000 inc. premium

100 Photographs

6 Apr 2018, 16:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969)
Wet Veil, Paris, 1937
Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s, signed, titled, dated, notation 'inv #1' in pencil by Marina Schinz, Executor, and Blumenfeld Estate stamp on the verso.
13 3/8 x 10 3/8in (34 x 26.6cm)
sheet 14 x 11in (35.5 x 27.8cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Witkin Gallery, acquired 1978.

    Literature
    Erwin Blumenfeld, Folkwang Museum, Essen, pl. 26; Ewing and Schinz, Blumenfeld Photographs: A Passion for Beauty, Harry N. Abrams, pl. 61; Blumenfeld: My One Hundred Best Photographs, A. Zwemmer Ltd., pl. 133 (for a variant.)

    Exhibited
    Witkin Gallery, New York, Erwin Blumenfeld, March 8-April 18 1978, this work used for the poster illustration.

    There was born in me the desire to see through the transparency.
    ERWIN BLUMENFELD

    A German-Jewish refugee who survived two world wars, Erwin Blumenfeld is perhaps most famous for the elegantly original fashion images he created for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in Paris and New York.
    Blumenfeld's influences came early. As a youth, he was apprenticed to a Berlin haberdasher and there began to appreciate and assimilate the eroticism of women's garments. He also encountered Cranach and Botticelli's diaphanously draped and ethereal heroines in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, which he described as 'completely unembarrassed...their naked beauty rendered even more naked by their transparent veils.'
    In Blumenfeld's hands, the female form became the supreme focus of his fantasies--he cut it up, elongated it, and distorted it. He was obsessed, at times transforming his goddesses into unashamedly bold and visceral creatures; at others, like here with his masterpiece Wet Veil, producing something sublimely tantalizing.

    Please note that Blumenfield's prints are rarely signed.
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