George Hoyningen-Huene (Russian/American, 1900-1968)
Two Nudes: Male Backside with Sheet and Male Torso with Sheet, c. 1930, a posthumous printing by Sal Lopes, commissioned Horst P. Horst. Both dry stamped "Hoyningen-Huene/©HORST" l.r., and inscribed, titled, dated, numbered, and signed "4/From The Collection of/Horst/...(S.L.)/(only four approved & signed plat. prints from this neg.)/Platinum Palladium" in pencil on the verso of both. Platinum palladium prints on Strathmore Script watermarked paper, Backside image size 8 1/2 x 8 in. (21.6 x 20.3 cm) and Torso image size 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. (24.8 x 18.1 cm), sheet sizes both 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm), both unmatted and unframed.
Provenance: From Horst P. Horst to the current owner.
N.B. Hoyningen-Huene served as chief photographer for French Vogue from 1925 to 1935, learning from Edward Steichen, Vanity Fair's chief photographer and occasional Vogue photographer, and mentoring Horst P. Horst, who replaced him at Vogue when he left for Harper's Bazaar. Horst's penchant for the classical and attention to lighting can be traced to the influence of Hoyningen-Huene, who was largely responsible for Horst's introduction into fashion photography and high society, effectively launching Horst's career. Model, romantic partner, collaborator, and lifelong friend, Horst inherited Hoyningen-Huene's collection and reproduction rights after his death. In the 1980s, Horst began printing select works of Hoyningen-Huene's along with his own work, such as Electric Beauty (Lot 111) and Hands Behind Buttocks (Lot 112) in the platinum palladium process. Magnified by the medium, the arresting luminosity captured by Hoyningen-Huene's and Horst's photographs creates shadows with striking depth and captivating tonality.
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