Item #33693 ORIGINAL 11x14 ARTPRINT (#1) AFTER BERNICE ABBOTT. James Joyce.


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Stunning black and white, 7x9 image printed on 11x14 matte stock. Original copyprint in fine condition commissioned by a collector & printed by an artprint maker in an edition of 2 copies after which the negative was destroyed. This is one of the remaining prints. An intriguing image o f this famous late 1920's photo taken by Abbott of a pensive, bespectacled, faraway Joyce seated in a wooden armchair, facing right, with his cane and a slightly cocked chapeau.
A scarce portrait of Joyce, who was photographed in the 1920's by Abbott in Paris. Abbott had been Man Ray's photo assistant from 1923-25, and opened her own portrait studio in 1926, at 44 Rue du Bac. She returned to New York in 1929. Abbott subsequently made a few new prints in the late 1950's before this final printing in the 1980's. A beautiful fine image. "One of most moving of her portraits is one reproduced here of James Joyce. The grey, strangely lifeless, enveloping light finds its way everywhere, describing without emphasis or favour the writer's stickpin, his hands, his right ear, his fine beaver hat, the deep tiredness of his elegant slouch. He seems the survivor of too difficult a battle, shell-shocked by the terrible labor of putting so many words in the precisely proper order." - "Looking at Photographs" by John Szarkowski
Frame not included.

Item #33693    Price: US$375.00

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