Photography

Henri, Florence (1893 - 1982)

After having studied painting in Berlin alongside Hans Arp, Florence Henri attends courses at the Bauhaus with Wassily Kandinsky and rapidly decides to abandon painting for photography. She settles in Paris in the mid-1920s and promptly becomes a celebrated portraitist, rivaling with Man Ray in her studio where Lisette Model attends photography classes. The German photographer studies space with the help of innovative compositions, the use of mirrors and objects that disturb the sense of reality and abstraction. With her self-portraits, Florence Henri experiments the concept of multiplying as she fragments and distorts her image that confound geometric forms and lines in the manner of a Piet Mondrian artwork. Laszlo Moholo-Nagy believed she had brought a whole new perspective to photography, bringing to this form of art all the reflection abstract artists were developing in painting and sculpture at the same time. Should it be with her intense graphic portraits, her Jeanne Lanvin advertisement in which a bottle of perfume is transformed, thanks to a mirror, into a peal necklace or a raisin grape as well as her photomontages, Florence Henri provided indeed photography with a new vocabulary.
 

Florence Henri, Composition, 1928
Florence Henri, Composition, 1928
Florence Henri, Double Portrait, 1927-1928. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 18 cm
Florence Henri, Double Portrait, 1927-1928. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 18 cm
Florence Henri, Portrait of Petra van Doesburg, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait of Petra van Doesburg, 1928
Florence Henri, Abstraite Composition, 1928. Gelatin silver print, 27 x 37 cm
Florence Henri, Abstraite Composition, 1928. Gelatin silver print, 27 x 37 cm
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition,1931
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition,1931
Florence Henri, Portrait of Tulia Kaiser, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Tulia Kaiser, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Sonia Delaunay, Paris, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait of Sonia Delaunay, Paris, 1931
Florence Henri, Abstract  Composition, 1928
Florence Henri, Abstract Composition, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition,1931
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition,1931
Florence Henri, Composition, 1933
Florence Henri, Composition, 1933
Florence Henri, Pont, 1935
Florence Henri, Pont, 1935
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Composition Nature Morte, 1929. Collage of gelatin silver prints découpée and pasted on paper, 12 x 14 cm
Florence Henri, Composition Nature Morte, 1929. Collage of gelatin silver prints découpée and pasted on paper, 12 x 14 cm
Florence Henri, Self-portrait, 1938
Florence Henri, Self-portrait, 1938
Florence Henri, Still Life Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Still Life Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Paris Window, 1929
Florence Henri, Paris Window, 1929
Florence Henri, Still-life with Lemon and Pear, 1929
Florence Henri, Still-life with Lemon and Pear, 1929
Florence Henri, Parisian window, 1929
Florence Henri, Parisian window, 1929
Florence Henri, Rome, 1933-1934
Florence Henri, Rome, 1933-1934
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait in a mirror, 1928
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait in a mirror, 1928
Florence Henri, Structure intérieur du Palais de l’Air, 1937
Florence Henri, Structure intérieur du Palais de l’Air, 1937
Florence Henri, Composition, 1932
Florence Henri, Composition, 1932
Florence Henri, Mannequin de tailleur, 1930-1931
Florence Henri, Mannequin de tailleur, 1930-1931
Florence Henri, Female cards, 1930
Florence Henri, Female cards, 1930
Florence Henri, Composition, 1929
Florence Henri, Composition, 1929
Florence Henri, Cora, 1929
Florence Henri, Cora, 1929
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition (Le Portrait Grêlé), 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait Composition (Le Portrait Grêlé), 1930
Florence Henri, Robert Delaunay, 1934
Florence Henri, Robert Delaunay, 1934
Florence Henri, Tête de femme, 1931
Florence Henri, Tête de femme, 1931
Florence Henri, Columbia records, 1931
Florence Henri, Columbia records, 1931
Florence Henri, Erica Brausen, 1938
Florence Henri, Erica Brausen, 1938
Florence Henri, Margaret Charles, 1928
Florence Henri, Margaret Charles, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait of Erica Brausen, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait of Erica Brausen, 1931
Florence Henri, Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Composition, 1931
Florence Henri, Composition N° 10, 1928
Florence Henri, Composition N° 10, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait of Robert Delaunay, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Robert Delaunay, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait composition, 1936
Florence Henri, Portrait composition, 1936
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait composition n°8, 1938
Florence Henri, Portrait composition n°8, 1938
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Arp, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1937
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1937
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme aux tulipes, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme aux tulipes, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1933
Florence Henri, Portrait de femme, 1933
Florence Henri, Portrait of Fernand Léger, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Fernand Léger, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Petra van Doesburg, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait of Petra van Doesburg, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy avec tulipes,1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy avec tulipes,1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy, 1930
Florence Henri, Portrait of Wassili Kandinsky, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Wassili Kandinsky, 1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Pierre Avon, 1935
Florence Henri, Portrait of Pierre Avon, 1935
Florence Henri, Bretagne, 1940. Gelatin silver print, 28 x 24 cm
Florence Henri, Bretagne, 1940. Gelatin silver print, 28 x 24 cm
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait, 1928. Gelatin silver print, 39 x 25 cm
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait, 1928. Gelatin silver print, 39 x 25 cm
Florence Henri, Illustration for Jeanne Lanvin, 1929. Gelatin silver print period, 36.7 x 28.7 cm
Florence Henri, Illustration for Jeanne Lanvin, 1929. Gelatin silver print period, 36.7 x 28.7 cm
Florence Henri, Cora, 1929
Florence Henri, Cora, 1929
Florence Henri, Portrait composition, 1937
Florence Henri, Portrait composition, 1937
Florence Henri, Femme au bord de mer, 1933
Florence Henri, Femme au bord de mer, 1933
Florence Henri, Nu (Femme aux jacinthes), 1930
Florence Henri, Nu (Femme aux jacinthes), 1930
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait, 1928
Florence Henri, Self-Portrait, 1928
Florence Henri, Au Bon Marché, 1930
Florence Henri, Au Bon Marché, 1930
Florence Henri, Still-Life Composition, 1933
Florence Henri, Still-Life Composition, 1933
Florence Henri, Abstraite Composition, 1932
Florence Henri, Abstraite Composition, 1932
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy, 1929
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lucia Moholy, 1929
Florence Henri, The Forum, 1934
Florence Henri, The Forum, 1934
Florence Henri, Little Boot, 1931
Florence Henri, Little Boot, 1931
Florence Henri, Portrait of Margaret Schall, 1928
Florence Henri, Portrait of Margaret Schall, 1928
Florence Henri, A Bunch of Grapes, 1934
Florence Henri, A Bunch of Grapes, 1934
Florence Henri, Composition
Florence Henri, Composition
Florence Henri, Still-Life Composition, 1929
Florence Henri, Still-Life Composition, 1929
Florence Henri, Untitled, USA, 1940
Florence Henri, Untitled, USA, 1940
Florence Henri, Untitled Portrait, 1930
Florence Henri, Untitled Portrait, 1930
Florence Henri, Vue de ma fenêtre (Bretagne), 1935
Florence Henri, Vue de ma fenêtre (Bretagne), 1935
Florence Henri, Honor, Paris,1934
Florence Henri, Honor, Paris,1934
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lore Krüger, Paris, 1935
Florence Henri, Portrait of Lore Krüger, Paris, 1935
Florence Henri, Nude, 1936
Florence Henri, Nude, 1936
Florence Henri, Composition The Glory that was Greece, 1933
Florence Henri, Composition The Glory that was Greece, 1933
Florence Henri, Double Portrait, 1928
Florence Henri, Double Portrait, 1928
Florence Henri, Still Life, 1936
Florence Henri, Still Life, 1936
Florence Henri, Still Life, 1931
Florence Henri, Still Life, 1931
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