Marilyn Monroe 'Portrait of Marilyn', Life Magazine Cover Shoot, 1952, by Philippe Halsman

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    An exquisite silver-gelatin print on Baryta paper, published in 1981, from photographer Philippe Halsman’s Life Magazine cover shoot with Marilyn in 1952. This limited edition is numbered 37 (handwritten) / 250, features the artist’s copyright stamp verso and has been preserved in very good condition.

    Philippe Halsman first studied electrical engineering in Dresden, Germany, before moving to Paris at the age of 25. There he studied at the Sorbonne and devoted his life to the photographic arts. He became famous as a portrait and fashion photographer and was one of the lead photographers for Life Magazine for several decades. in 1945, he was elected President of the American Society of Magazine Photographers by his peers. His smile-inducing ‘Jump’ series featuring celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Richard Nixon and Salvador Dali received international recognition.

    “I took hundreds of pictures (of Marilyn)... Her sex appeal was not a put-on - it was her weapon and her defence - Philippe Halsman.”

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      Framed: 27.75 H x 23.5 W x 1.25 D inches (70 cm x 60 cm  x 3 cm)

      Photo: 13 H x 10 W inches (33 cm x 26 cm) approx

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      Recalling his famous 1952 photoshoot with Marilyn, Halsman remembers: “I drove to the outskirts of Los Angeles where Marilyn lived in a cheap two-room apartment. What impressed me in its shabby living room was the obvious striving for self-improvement. I saw a photograph of Eleanora Duse and a multitude of books that I did not expect to find there, like the works of Dostoyevsky, of Freud, the History of Fabian Socialism, etc. On the floor were two dumbbells."

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