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List, Herbert (1903 - 1975)

The son of a wealthy family that ran a coffee brokerage business in which he apprenticed, Herbert List took advantage of his various business trips to begin taking photographs. In 1936, he left his native country, Germany, to settle in Paris and become a professional photographer, depicting portraits of the artistic avant-garde such as Pablo Picasso or Joan Miro. Influenced by Surrealism and the Bauhaus movements, he developed a fantasy yet classic style entitled ‘fotografia metafisica’, experimenting with exposure, masks and draperies and thus composing ‘visions where my arrangements try to capture the magical essence inhabiting and animating the world of appearances’. During the 1960s, he also turned his attention to glamorous celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich or Anna Magnani but it is mostly his homoerotic work that has imprinted history of art. With his images of adolescent boys combining eroticism and candidness, he surely made a strong impact on a certain Bruce Weber.
 

Tags / Herbert List - German Photographer - Portrait - 1930s - Erotic - Masculinity - Art
Herbert List, Eggs in Spalato II, 1937
Herbert List, Eggs in Spalato II, 1937
Herbert List, Anna Magnani #1, San Felice, 1950
Herbert List, Anna Magnani #1, San Felice, 1950
Herbert List, Carmen On the Beach, 1951
Herbert List, Carmen On the Beach, 1951
Herbert List, Flirt in Capri #1, Capri, 1936
Herbert List, Flirt in Capri #1, Capri, 1936
Herbert List, Flirt in Capri #3, Capri, 1936
Herbert List, Flirt in Capri #3, Capri, 1936
Herbert List, George Hoyningen-Huene, 1939
Herbert List, George Hoyningen-Huene, 1939
Herbert List, Georgio Morandi in his studio, Bologna, 1953
Herbert List, Georgio Morandi in his studio, Bologna, 1953
Herbert List, Good friends, 1936
Herbert List, Good friends, 1936
Herbert List, Ship's railing, Hamburg, 1930
Herbert List, Ship's railing, Hamburg, 1930
Herbert List, Jean Cocteau, 1944
Herbert List, Jean Cocteau, 1944
Herbert List, Lake Lucerne (Lac des Quatre-Cantons), 1936
Herbert List, Lake Lucerne (Lac des Quatre-Cantons), 1936
Herbert List, Laurel over the Eyes, Athens, 1937
Herbert List, Laurel over the Eyes, Athens, 1937
Herbert List, Ashtray, London, 1936
Herbert List, Ashtray, London, 1936
Herbert List, Marlene Dietrich #2, Munich, Deutsches Theater, 1960
Herbert List, Marlene Dietrich #2, Munich, Deutsches Theater, 1960
Herbert List, Optician's display, 1936
Herbert List, Optician's display, 1936
Herbert List, Pablo Picasso in his studio behind him is the painting
Herbert List, Pablo Picasso in his studio behind him is the painting "Chouette dans un intérieur", Paris, 1948
Herbert List, Picnic by the Baltic, 1930
Herbert List, Picnic by the Baltic, 1930
Herbert List, Portofino, 1936
Herbert List, Portofino, 1936
Herbert List, Seminarists by the sea, Naples, 1959
Herbert List, Seminarists by the sea, Naples, 1959
Herbert List, Spring Sunshine at the Glyptothek, 1950
Herbert List, Spring Sunshine at the Glyptothek, 1950
Herbert List, Boy with Dalmatian, Portofino, 1936
Herbert List, Boy with Dalmatian, Portofino, 1936
Herbert List, Trepanation, 1944
Herbert List, Trepanation, 1944
Herbert List, Young men under reed roof, 1951
Herbert List, Young men under reed roof, 1951
Herbert List, Thirst, Phaleron, 1939
Herbert List, Thirst, Phaleron, 1939
Herbert List, Waking Up, Hamburg, 1930
Herbert List, Waking Up, Hamburg, 1930
Herbert List, Boy behind drapes, c. 1934/ 1937
Herbert List, Boy behind drapes, c. 1934/ 1937
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