NEW YORK – Famous photographic images from the 20th century are available in a Jasper52 online auction to be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 21. Among the pictures are a Yousuf Karsh portrait of President John F. Kennedy, a prime example of Diane Arbus street photography and an unforgettable glimpse of Depression-era life by Dorothea Lange. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking process used for rich, high-quality photo reproduction. This 120-lot sale boasts some of the most revered names in photography.
Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. Her iconic image titled Migrant Mother (above) is arguably the most famous image from the Great Depression. It pictures Florence Owens Thompson, a Dust Bowl migrant and mother of seven children, and reflects the effects of the Depression on Americans. Lange shot the photo in 1936 with a large format Graflex camera on 4-by-5-inch sheet film.
Man Ray was born on Aug. 27, 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a photographer, painter and filmmaker who was the only American to play a major role in both the Dada and Surrealist movements. One of his eight works in the gravure auction is titled Larmes de Verre (Glass Tears), which was photographed and printed in 1933.
Diane Arbus was an American photographer, often regarded as one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. While her most recognizable photos are of marginalized people, such as dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers, and other parts of the population not considered mainstream, her image in the auction depicts a young Brooklyn, N.Y., couple with their two children going for a Sunday outing in 1966.
John F. Kennedy is one of the most recognizable faces of the 20th century. The gravure of the 35th president of the United States in the Jasper52 auction is from a photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), an Armenian-Canadian portrait photographer who has been called one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by Time magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the latter noting his “distinct style in his theatrical lighting.”
Cecil Beaton was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, whose portraits of iconic figures such as Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and others, are recognized worldwide. His image in the Jasper52 auction pictures Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic swimmer who became famous for his 1930s-40s movie portrayals of Tarzan.
Adollf Fassbender was born in Cologne, Germany and began his photographic career in 1897 as an apprentice. He moved to the United States in 1912 where he operated a studio in New York City in the 1920s before deciding to spend the rest of his life teaching and making art. His photogravure titled Figure 8 pictures ice skaters in Central Park.
The Jasper52 auction will begin Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.