Horst P. Horst

HORST P. HORST

The name HORST P. HORST is synonymous with timeless elegance and sensual sophistication. A leading artist of Vogue magazine for six decades, he was an international figure, able to chronicle the intertwoven worlds of art, design and performance. 

Master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, he ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. An international figure, Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York. Born in Germany, he became an American citizen in 1943, changing his surname from Bohrmann to Horst. His extraordinary range of work outside the photographic studio conveys a restless visual curiosity and life-long desire for new challenges. The huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints in the archives of Condé Nast, bear witness to his virtuous talent.

His images reveal the extraordinary value of his career, including elegant nudes, fashion shots, portraits of celebrities and still life studies. His influence has been enormous: every later generation of photographers looked to him to find their inspiration.

 

FASHION IN COLOUR

Muriel Maxwell

American Vogue Cover

Muriel Maxwell – Ensemble by Sally Victor, Bag by Paul Flato, Sunglasses by Lugene

American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 130 x 160 ca. / inches 51 x 63 ca

American Vogue Cover

15 May 1941
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 130 x 160 ca. / inches 51 x 63 ca

Lisa Fonssagrives

Jean Patchett

Lisa Fonssagrives

American Vogue cover, 1 July 1940
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Jean Patchett, bathing suit by Brigance

1951
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Dress by Jean Dessès

Helen Bennet, Muriel Maxwell and Bettina Bolegard

Dress by Jean Dessès

1952
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Helen Bennet, Muriel Maxwell and Bettina Bolegard

American Vogue cover, 1 November 1939
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Jewellery by Cartier

Helen Bennet – Ensemble by Bergdorf Goodman, Jewellery by Olga Tritt

1939
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Jewellery by Cartier

American Vogue cover, 15 June 1942
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Susanne Shaw

Muriel Maxwell

Susanne Shaw

1943
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Muriel Maxwell, hat by Lilly Daché, jewellery by Trabert adn Hoeffer – Mauboussin

1940
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley

Dress by Mollie Parnis

Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley, dress by Traina – Norell

1946
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Dress by Mollie Parnis, background by Marcel Vertès

1953
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Lisa Fonssagrives, dress by Pierre Balmain

Suit and headdress by Schiapparelli

Lisa Fonssagrives, dress by Pierre Balmain, background by Marcel Vertès

1953
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Suit and headdress by Schiapparelli

1947
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Dorian Leigh

Dress by Jo Copeland

Dorian Leigh, dress by Henri Bendel

1946
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Dress by Jo Copeland, mural paintings by Marcel Vertès

1946
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Hats by Best, Lord and Taylor and Mmm Pauline

Madame Wellington Koo

Hats by Best, Lord and Taylor and Mme Pauline, gloves by Dawnelle

1943
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Madame Wellington Koo

New York, 1943
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Ilka Chase

Loretta Young

Ilka Chase, Conductor of CBS radio program “Penthouse Party”

october 1941
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Loretta Young

New York, 1941
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Dress by Henri Bendel, jewellery by Harry Winston

Vogue September 1940

Dress by Henri Bendel, jewellery by Harry Winston

1948
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Vogue

September 1940
archival pigment print on Hahnemuehle Baryta paper
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

BLACK AND WHITE WORKS

Chanel Beauty Contact Sheet

1987
archival pigment print
cm 160 x 202.5 ca. / inches 63 x 80 ca.

Yasmin Le Bon in Chanel, Vogue UK, Contact Sheet

1986
archival pigment print
cm 154.5 x 202.5 ca. / inches 59 x 80 ca.

Mainbocher Corset

Carmen Face Massage

Mainbocher Corset

Paris, 1939
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Carmen Face Massage

New York, 1946
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Round the Clock I

Round the clock_variante_1

Round the clock I

New York, 1943
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 50.5 x 61.5 ca. / inches 20 x 24 ca.

Round the clock I (variant)

New York, 1987
gelatin silver print
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Round the clock_variante_2

Round the clock_variante_3

Round the clock I (variant)

New York, 1987
gelatin silver print
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Round the clock I (variant)

New York, 1987
gelatin silver print
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Round the clock_variante_4

Round the clock I (variant)

New York, 1987
gelatin silver print
cm 80 x 105 ca. / inches 31 x 41 ca.

Lisa with turban

New York, 1940
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 36.8 x 29.1 ca. / inches 14 x 11 ca.

Classical Still Life

Dali Costumes

Classical Still Life

Paris, 1937
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Dali Costumes

Paris, 1939
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Houdon Still Life

Lisa with harp

Houdon Still Life

1937
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Lisa with harp

New York, 1938
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 50.5 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Bette Davis

 

Still Life. pearl earrings, bracelets

 

Bette Davis

New York, 1938
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 20.8 x 26.8 ca. / inches 8 x 10 ca.

 

 

Still life with pearl bracelets and earrings

1939-1940
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 19.5 x 24.5 ca. / inches 7 x 9 ca.

 

 

Alix

Muriel Maxwell

Alix (Black Satin Dress)

1940
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 19.5 x 24.5 ca. / inches 7 x 9 ca.

Muriel Maxwell

New York, 1940
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 27.6 x 35.4 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Marlene Dietrich

Mrs. George Whitney

Marlene Dietrich

New York, 1942
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 25 ca. / inches 8 x 10 ca.

Mrs. George Whitney

New York, 1946
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 27.9 x 27.3 ca. / inches 11 x 10.8 ca.

Rita Hayworth

1948
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 24.1 x 19.4 ca. / inches 9.5 x 7.7 ca.

Lucien Lelong “Harlequin”

1935
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 24.1 x 17.8 ca. / inches 9.5 x 7.5 ca.

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