Monday, October 02, 2006

"Untitled (Nude)" (1935) by Paul Outerbridge

We've already covered the boobs for auction this October at Sotheby's, and now's the time for Christie's Oct 17, 2006 - Oct 18, 2006 auction.

This photo is estimated at $ 25,000 - 35,000.

"Art is life seen through man's inner craving for perfection and beauty--his escape from the sordid realities of life into a world of his imagining. Art accounts for at least a third of our civilization, and it is one of the artist's principal duties to do more than merely record life or nature. To the artist is given the privilege of pointing the way and inspiring towards a better life." --Paul Outerbridge

So wrote Paul Outerbridge, rather exaltedly, about his chosen profession. He was a designer and illustrator in New York before turning to photography in the 1920s. In 1925, having established himself as an innovative advertising photographer and graphic designer, he moved to Paris and worked for the French edition of Vogue magazine. There he met Edward Steichen, with whom he developed a friendly rivalry. Around 1930, having returned to New York, Outerbridge began to experiment with color photography, in particular the carbro-color process. He focused primarily on erotic female nudes, images that occasionally had menacing overtones and whose shocking, full-color realism resulted in a scandal, hastening the end of his photographic career. In 1943 Outerbridge moved to California, where he photographed only intermittently.


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