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Lot 44 - Horst P. Horst, Still life, Oyster Bay, Long Island, 1948/50

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Horst P. Horst (1906 - 1999)
Still life, Oyster Bay, Long Island, 1948/50
Chromogenic print, printed later
Signed ‘Horst’ in red pencil with ‘1948’ on verso
25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 in)
Frame: 53 x 43 cm (21 x 17 in)
The Estate of Horst P. Horst
Condition Report:

This print is in very good condition.

Horst had a career which lasted 60 years and is seen as a master of light, composition and creating beautiful and sublime illusions which transcend time. He was a hugely international figure, working ferociously in Europe and later becoming an American Citizen in the early 1940s. In 1947 he acquired five acres of land in Oyster Bay Cove which he described as ‘Everything I have ever dreamed of’, marking the beginning of an enduring love affair and the creation of a wondrous haven where he entertained everyone from Noël Coward to Diana Vreeland.

The print in the present lot is a rare example of an existing colour work by Horst. Containing his trademark composite style of Surrealism and Classicism he presents a beautifully crafted window into his domestic life lit from the side with a cascade of natural light. Vintage colour prints by Horst are more-or-less non-existent due to the fact that many colour images produced at the time were shot on transparency, these were reproduced directly onto the magazine page without the need for a paper print. Later on Horst re-visited his early colour images and experimented once again by printing them as either Dye-transfer prints or Chromogenic prints. However, he made very few of each process and didn’t seem particularly enamored with colour after a lifetime of perfecting the Gelatin silver and Platinum print. It is thought that the print in this lot is one of no more than four printings in existence.

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