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Photographer, b. 1911 - d. 2001

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    • GENE FENN (B. 1911): "PORTRAIT OF PICASSO"
      Feb. 17, 2022

      GENE FENN (B. 1911): "PORTRAIT OF PICASSO"

      Est: $300 - $500

      silver gelatin print; signed in pen lower left; titled and inscribed to backing paper "Gene Fenn / Photography / Paris"; 15 x 11 1/2 inches sight; 21 3/4 x 18 inches frame

      Abell Auction
    • FENN, GENE (1911-2001) [Portrait of Picasso]. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/8 x 9 inches (285 x 230 mm), signed on print (l.l.)...
      Apr. 13, 2016

      FENN, GENE (1911-2001) [Portrait of Picasso]. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/8 x 9 inches (285 x 230 mm), signed on print (l.l.)...

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      FENN, GENE (1911-2001) [Portrait of Picasso]. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/8 x 9 inches (285 x 230 mm), signed on print (l.l.), and with a gift inscription from Fenn on the verso, together with his Paris stamp. Fine condition. C 

      Doyle New York
    • Nack, Kenneth (American, 1923-2009) Untitled no. 53 - 1972 Oil Painting
      Mar. 13, 2016

      Nack, Kenneth (American, 1923-2009) Untitled no. 53 - 1972 Oil Painting

      Est: $400 - $600

      Nack, Kenneth (American, 1923-2009) Untitled #53. Oil on canvas. Signed, dated, and numbered on back Kenneth Nack 71 # 53. Also inscribed With best wishes for Dody Fenn, Nack 72. Dody (Delores) Fenn is the sister of noted New York fashion photographers Gene Fenn (1911-2001) and Otto Fenn (1914-2003). Painting measures 8 inches x 13 inches. Framed with thin white Plexiglas, which has some loss. From Askart: A Chicago Native, Kenneth George Nack received his master's degree in fine arts at the Art Institute in 1949, after which he traveled extensively before settling in California. Directly after graduation he moved to Paris to study with Fernand Leger. LIFE magazine named one of America's best young painters in 1950. He traveled throughout Mexico and Europe, and eventually ran a gallery in San Francisco before moving to Santa Barbara to teach. He was the Chair of the art department at Santa Barbara City College for 35 years, retiring in 2003 at the age of 80.

      Myers Fine Art
    • Dahl-Wolfe, Louise (American, 1895-1989) Spencer Tracy 1942 Photograph
      Mar. 13, 2016

      Dahl-Wolfe, Louise (American, 1895-1989) Spencer Tracy 1942 Photograph

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Dahl-Wolfe, Louise (American, 1895-1989) Photograph. "Spencer Tracy". Original circa 1942 gelatin silver print photograph of academy award winning actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967). Photograph is guaranteed to be original and not a later reprint or reproduction. Photo comes from the estate of NY fashion photographer Gene Fenn (1911-2001) who prior to becoming a noted photographer, was an assistant to Louise Dahl-Wolfe. The last image below shows the original box the photograph was stored in along with a photograph of Louise Dahl-Wolfe (most likely taken by Gene Fenn) and books on the artist. The photograph is in good condition and not laid down. The photograph is secured in place by four archival corner pockets and is archivally matted and framed. Image size measures 8 inches x 7 inches. Frame measures 20 inches x 16 inches. Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989) From National Museum of Women Arts: As a staff photographer for Harper's Bazaar, Louise Dahl-Wolfe introduced a witty naturalism to the staid conventions of fashion photography and helped pioneer the use of color film. After studying painting, figure drawing, and design at the San Francisco Institute of Art, Dahl-Wolfe began experimenting with photography in 1921, inspired by Anne Brigman's photographs. In 1928, Dahl-Wolfe married American sculptor Meyer (Mike) Wolfe and soon established herself as a professional photographer. The couple moved to New York City in 1933, where Dahl-Wolfe worked as a freelance photographer before accepting a position at Harper's Bazaar in 1936. At the magazine, she enjoyed considerable creative freedom as part of a formidable creative team including fashion editor Diana Vreeland. Dahl-Wolfe often juxtaposed her models with famous works of art, resulting in surprising and irreverent compositions. Fashion assignments led her to locations around the world, where she posed her models outdoors, in natural light. Throughout this period, Dahl-Wolfe also created striking portrait photographs of society figures and art world celebrities, including authors Carson McCullers and Colette, designer Christian Dior, and sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Following her departure from Harper's Bazaar in 1958 until her retirement in 1960, Dahl-Wolfe did freelance work for publications including Vogue and Sports Illustrated. Dahl-Wolfe's photographs are often cited as an influence on later photographers, notably Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. From International Center of Photography: Born in Alameda, California, Dahl-Wolfe studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art. In 1921, while working as a sign painter, she discovered the photographs of Anne Brigman, a Pictorialist based in California and associated with the Stieglitz circle in New York. Although greatly impressed by Brigman's work, Dahl-Wolfe did not take up photography herself until the early 1930s. Travel with the photographer Consuelo Kanaga in Europe in 1927-28 piqued her interested in photography once again. In 1932, when she was living with her husband near the Great Smoky Mountains, she made her first published photograph, Tennessee Mountain Woman. After it was published in Vanity Fair in 1933, she moved to New York City and opened a photography studio, which she maintained until 1960. After a few years producing advertising and fashion photographs for Woman's Home Companion, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bonwit Teller, she was hired by Carmel Snow as a staff fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar in 1936. Dahl-Wolfe remained with the magazine until 1958, after which time she accepted freelance assignments from Vogue and Sports Illustrated until her retirement in 1960. Dahl-Wolfe was especially well-known during the infancy of color fashion photography for her exacting standards in reproducing her images. Her insistence on precision in the color transparencies made from her negatives resulted in stunning prints whose subtle hues and unusual gradations in color set the standard for elegance in the 1940s and 1950s. In addition,

      Myers Fine Art
    • Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Group of NYC Street Photographs
      Mar. 13, 2015

      Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Group of NYC Street Photographs

      Est: $200 - $400

      (24) photographs including (7) with stamp on the verso reading "Photograph by / Gene Fenn / 65 W. 56th St., N.Y.C. / Please Credit. All unframed, most depicting doormen to NYC clubs and theatres including Bill's Gay Nineties, El Morocco, Russian Kretchma and Cafe Russe, all circa 1939. most between 6.5 x 7 15/16 in. and 9 3/16 x 7 15/16 in. From the Collection of a Friend of the Artist

      Leland Little Auctions
    • Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Igor Stravinsky
      Mar. 13, 2015

      Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Igor Stravinsky

      Est: $400 - $600

      this lot includes four silver gelatin prints, each a photographic portrait of the composer, circa 1940s, all unframed. Paper - (3) 10 x 8 in.; (1) 11 x 8 in. From the Collection of a Friend of the Artist

      Leland Little Auctions
    • Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), W. H. Auden
      Mar. 13, 2015

      Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), W. H. Auden

      Est: $300 - $500

      this lot includes two silver gelatin prints, each a photographic portrait of highly respected poet and essayist, circa 1940s, the larger image inscribed in pencil on the verso "by Gene Fenn," unframed. Seated 14 x 11 in.; Standing 14 x 8.5 in. From the Collection of a Friend of the Artist

      Leland Little Auctions
    • Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Pablo Picasso
      Mar. 13, 2015

      Gene Fenn (NY, 1911-2001), Pablo Picasso

      Est: $300 - $500

      this lot includes two silver gelatin prints, each a photographic portrait of the artist, circa 1940s, the larger image inscribed in pencil on the verso "by Gene Fenn," the smaller signed by the photographer at lower left, unframed. 14 x 11 1/8 in. and 8 1/8 x 6.5 in. From the Collection of a Friend of the Artist

      Leland Little Auctions
    • GENE FENN (American, 1911-2001)
      Oct. 11, 2014

      GENE FENN (American, 1911-2001)

      Est: $300 - $500

      GENE FENN (American, 1911-2001), portrait of Pablo Picasso, photograph, signed lower left and inscribed and signed on verso, 11-1/2''h, 9''w; unframed, slight waving.

      South Bay Auctions Inc
    • Nude Study, 1953
      Apr. 01, 2009

      Nude Study, 1953

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      Nude Study, 1953 Gelatin silver print. 9 3/8 x 6 in. (23.8 x 15.2 cm).  Signed, dated in pencil and credit stamp on the verso.

      Phillips
    • GENE FENN (1911-2001)
      Sep. 05, 2008

      GENE FENN (1911-2001)

      Est: -

      GENE FENN (1911-2001) Mme. Fenn, Solarized Portrait, 1946 gelatin silver print, printed later signed, titled and dated in pencil (on the verso) 12¾ x 9¼in. (32.3 x 23.4cm.)

      Christie's
    • GENE FENN (1911-2001)
      Sep. 03, 2008

      GENE FENN (1911-2001)

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      GENE FENN (1911-2001) Mme. Fenn, Solarized Portrait, 1946 gelatin silver print, printed later signed, titled and dated in pencil (on the verso) 12¾ x 9¼in. (32.3 x 23.4cm.)

      Christie's
    • Mme. Fenn, Solarized Portrait, 1946
      Feb. 20, 2008

      Mme. Fenn, Solarized Portrait, 1946

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      GENE FENN (1911-2001) Mme. Fenn, Solarized Portrait, 1946 gelatin silver print, printed later signed, titled and dated in pencil (on the verso) 12¾ x 9¼in. (32.3 x 23.4cm.)

      Christie's
    • GENE FENN
      Apr. 24, 2003

      GENE FENN

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      (American, 1911-2001) UNTITLED PHOTOGRAM dated, inscribed and numbered "1939 Vintage Print 8" in pencil on verso artist's Paris stamp in purple ink on verso inventory notations in pencil on verso unique gelatin silver photogram 10 x 715/16 in. (25.4 x 20.2 cm) 1939 PROVENANCE Hyperion Press Limited, New York until circa 1993 Private Collection, New York.

      Phillips
    • GENE FENN
      Feb. 12, 2003

      GENE FENN

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Nude study Gelatin silver print. 1953. Signed, dated and credit stamp on the verso. 9 3/8 x 5 7/8in. (27.3 x 15cm.) Framed.

      Christie's
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