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Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde

  • Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant Garde, cover
  • Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant Garde, contents
  • Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant Garde, plates 2 and 3
  • Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant Garde, pages 10-11

By Diana C. du Pont

Foreword by John R. Lane

158 pages, 147 illustrations, 9 ¼ x 11 ¾ inches , softcover

Published in 1990

Florence Henri (1893–1982) was born in the United States but spent most of her life in France, where she was closely associated with the major figures of European modernism. Initially a student of painting at Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant’s Académie Moderne in Paris, she quickly became a gifted and knowing participant in the most advanced art movements of the time — late Cubism, Purism, and Constructivism. In 1928, having spent a semester at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she turned to the camera and moved swiftly from the avant-garde of one art form to the avant-garde of another. For a heady ten years before the interruption of World War II, Henri created an extraordinary body of work — still lifes, abstract compositions, advertising photographs, portraits, self-portraits, nudes, street photographs, and photomontages — that contributed to the development of geometric abstract art and of modern photography in France.

Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde is the first extensive treatment of Henri’s work published in the English language. This richly illustrated monograph by exhibition curator Diana C. du Pont offers a concentrated examination of the artist in the context of her time, focusing on her remarkably productive period between the world wars, when she realized her most avant-garde efforts.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (December 13, 1990–February 10, 1991), Detroit Institute of the Arts (March 7–May 5, 1991), University of Iowa Museum of Art (September 31–October 27, 1991), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (December 19, 1991–February 16, 1992)

ISBN 9780918471178 (softcover)

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