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Lillian Bassman

Lisa Fonssagrives, Harper's Bazaar, and Flower 28 (Pink Mallow): a diptych

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman

Lisa Fonssagrives, Harper's Bazaar, and Flower 28 (Pink Mallow): a diptych

Lisa Fonssagrives, Harper's Bazaar, and Flower 28 (Pink Mallow): a diptych

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

Lillian Bassman

1917 - 2012

Lisa Fonssagrives, Harper's Bazaar, and Flower 28 (Pink Mallow): a diptych


diptych of archival pigment prints, each signed and editioned '3/25' on the reverse, framed together, a Staley-Wise Gallery label on the reverse, circa 1950 and 2006, printed in 2006, no. 3 in an unrealized edition of 25

images: each 32 ¼ by 37 ½ in. (81.9 by 95.3 cm.)

frame: 50 ¾ by 79 in. (128.9 by 200.7 cm.)

Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. While this diptych has not been examined out of its frame, it appears to be in generally excellent condition. The colors of the flower are bright and saturated, with no apparent fading.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

"Staley-Wise Gallery represented Lillian Bassman from 1997 until her death in 2012 and the gallery opened several solo exhibitions of her work during this time. In the 1990s, Bassman became well-known for reinterpreting her midcentury fashion photographs in the darkroom using bleach, developer, and other photo chemistry to imbue her prints with a graphic, painterly, and mysterious quality. In her 80s, it became less practical for Bassman to print in the darkroom herself but she instead took it upon herself to learn Photoshop and took advantage of digital photography tools to produce her artistic vision. Newly inspired, Bassman also began photographing flower blossoms in her home, sometimes under sheets of glass or under water. In 2006, Staley-Wise Gallery exhibited 6 diptych works which paired Bassman’s fashion images with more recent floral still-lifes. This diptych was the only work to include a color photograph. Although this work is numbered 3/25, these photographs were only printed for the exhibition and to order and we believe that less than 8 examples exist, each signed by the photographer." - George Kocis, Director


Staley-Wise Gallery was founded by Etheleen Staley and Takouhy Wise in 1981, and opened with a solo exhibition of Horst P. Horst photographs at their original gallery space at 111 Wooster Street in SoHo, New York.  Staley-Wise Gallery works with museums, private institutions, and collectors worldwide and continues to exhibit and represent the masters of fashion photography in addition to an extensive collection of Hollywood portraiture, landscape, still-lifes, and nudes.