Well, laugh and the world laughs with you! Just last week I posted Chiaroscuro Nude in Solitude and what do I find tonight? Très glamThe Economist ran an ENTIRE article, just last month, on the photographs of Erwin Blumenfeld! 

There’s a retrospective of over 300 of his works at the Jeu de Paume in Paris through February 2014. 

“This comprehensive exhibition traces a lifetime of creativity,” said The Economist, “yet the visitor is ineluctably drawn to the self-confident glamour and colour of Blumenfeld’s New York years devoted to fashion and advertising.”

The article is more of a biography than it is a review of the exhibition. It even mentions the 1950 Vogue cover I referenced, except I knew the “model” was Jean Patchett. 

 Erwin Blumenfeld Nude under wet silk, Paris, 1937

Erwin Blumenfeld Nude under wet silk, Paris, 1937

And here I am having my own retrospective.  Not Man Ray is pretty much a post about the below paragraph, only in greater detail. I have a few examples of his use of diaphanous fabrics and solarisation, too. 

A series of nudes illustrates his fascination with the female form. Often headless, these naked women appear remote and mysterious, owing to Blumenfeld’s use of mirrors, diaphanous fabrics and solarisation (a darkroom technique that inverts the lights and darks of an image). They reveal the influence of avant-garde photographers such as Man Ray, whose work he saw in Paris in the 1930s.

Blumenfeld’s 1937 masterpiece, “Nude Under Wet Silk”, earned him some art-world notoriety when it was published in Verve magazine.


NOTE:  The above photograph is not shown in The Economist.