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Paris Photo 2018

November 2018

Bernard Shea Horne, Design, 1916–1917. Abstract bell-shaped white object on its side.
Bernard Shea Horne, Design, 1916–1917. Abstract composition featuring a black cube, a potted plant, and a ball on a woven basket-like surface.
Paul Strand, Bowls, ​1916. Four white bowls overlapping with dramatic shadows.
Daniel Masclet, Quelques Fleurs, ​1927. A shallow glass bowl with a handful of white flowers.
Daniel Masclet, Nature Morte, ​c. 1926. Looking down on a surface with a ceramic bowl of five eggs, a bottle of liquor, and a glass decanter.
Harold Haliday Costain, Crystal Curves II, ​1934. Abstract composition featuring three glass vessels and their shadows.
Harold Haliday Costain, Crystal Fantasy, 1935. Various crystal glasses and decanters arranged in a diagonal composition from top-left to lower-right of the frame.
Margaret Bourke-White, Mechanical Nuts, c. 1930. Close-up from above of an arrangement of six mechanical nuts.
Gordon Coster, Wire Sculpture, ​c. 1935. Gordon Coster, Wire Sculpture, c. 1935. Abstract photo of a bundle of wire with long shadows spanning the frame.
Claude Tolmer, Photogram (Inkwell & Flowers), ​c. 1933. White silhouettes on a black background of three flowers and a small vessel.
Bert Stern, Martini & Pyramid, for Smirnoff Vodka, ​1955. Martini glass on sand with a triangle shape out of focus in the background.
Daniel Masclet, Pistil de fleur, ​1927. Close up of the center of a spotted flower.
Gordon Coster, The Spigot & the Shadows, ​1927. A white saucepan below a spigot with long shadows going to the right.
Edward Quigley, Ellipsoid, ​1931. A hard-boiled egg rests beneath the wires of a metal slicing tool.
Edward Quigley, Still Life, ​1938. A lit white candle stands in front of three overlapping sheets of paper.
Edward Quigley, Peony, ​1935. A peony in a glass vase sits on the lower right of the frame, casting a larger shadow to the left on the wall behind it.
Hi Williams, Untitled, ​c. 1935. Color still life composition with a large bowl of fruit and a ceramic mug and metal spoon on a saucer.
Hi Williams, Untitled, c. 1937. Color still life composition of a tray table featuring a glass of milk, a halved citrus fruit, an egg, flowers, bread, utensils, etc.
Hi Williams, Rubber Dalí, ​1941. Composition of various rubber objects on sand with a blue sky and clouds painted background.
Hi Williams, Untitled, ​c. 1937. Pink and purple flowers in a small white vessel against a reflective black surface.
Hi Williams, Untitled, ​c. 1937. Mostly white composition with a marble head sculpture, a vase with a pink flower, and an egg on white fabric.
Claude Tolmer, Still Life, ​c. 1933. Small head sculpture with eyeglasses placed on it, resting on a book with "Picasso" on the spine.
Claude Tolmer, Cut Paper Abstraction, ​c. 1933. Two mirrored silhouettes of a woman's face.
Brassaï, Atelier de Picasso, ​c. 1933. A shelf on a wall featuring various glass bottles, wire sculptures, and paint brushes. Three prints of the same face hang below it.
Claude Tolmer, Composition, ​1936. Marble sculpture of a woman's head in two overlapping views. Mesh netting casts a shadow.
Claude Tolmer, Composition photo et papier, ​1934. Cut out print of soldiers composed beneath a black bridge-like shape.
Edward Steichen, Cigarettes (Textile pattern of Stehli Silk), ​1926. Twelve groups of three cigarettes arranged (alternating) horizontally and vertically to form squares.
Edward Steichen, Matches and Match Boxes (Textile pattern for Stehli Silk), ​1926. Matches arranged on a flat surface to look as if bursting from the match boxes.
Edward Steichen, Tacks (Textile pattern for Stehli Silk), ​1926. A criss-crossing pattern is formed by long shadows cast from tacks laying on a flat surface.
Margaret Bourke-White, Each hog is singed by cleansing jets of flame, 1929. A hog carcass hangs by its rear legs in a dark chamber.
Bernard Shea Horne, Untitled, c. 1916–1917. A white vessel on a black surface in the corner of two walls. It casts a shadow on the left wall.
Daniel Masclet, Composition, ​c. 1926. Five eggs in a ceramic bowl photographed from above.
Dr. Josef Gramm, Untitled (Daffodils), ​c. 1929. Silhouettes of seven daffodils facing right.
Harold Haliday Costain, Calvert's Whiskey, c. 1937. Still life with Calvert's Special Reserve whiskey bottle, a glass with liquid and ice, and two cigarettes and a matchbook in a silver dish.
Harold Haliday Costain, Whitehouse and Hardy Shoes, ​1937. Brown and white brogue shoes beside a green hat in partial view.
Harold Haliday Costain, Autumn Harvest, ​c. 1937. Color still life composition with various fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Harold Haliday Costain, Advertising Display & Packaging, ​1937. Packaging for various convenience items (cigarettes, aspirin, coffee, etc.) arranged on a blue surface.
Harold Haliday Costain, Ritz Crackers, ​c. 1937. "Ritz" and "Cheese Ritz" boxes on a blue and yellow surface. The "Ritz" box is tipped so that crackers have spilled out.
Herbert Matter, La pêche miraculeuse, ​c. 1930. Abstract photo collage featuring two faces, a cut paper house, netting, and stars.
Claude Tolmer, Untitled (Matches), ​1933. An open matchbox surrounded by matches on a ridged surface.
Claude Tolmer, Untitled Photo Collage, ​1933. Cut paper collage resembling a bowl of fruit.
Herbert Matter, Solarized Cabbage, ​1943. Abstract head of cabbage on a white background.
Irving Penn, New York Still Life, 1947. Studio still life featuring eggs, grapes, cloth, a mug and liquor glass, teapot, etc.
Herbert Matter, Bread, ​c. 1950. Cracked loaf of bread photographed from above on a white background.
Rolf Tietgens, Artificial Landscapes, ​1942. An upright leather glove between two eggplants, one on its side and one upright.
Rolf Tietgens, Patricia Highsmith, ​1942. Image of a woman with closed eyes and hair spread as if laying down, superimposed on a still life with burned paper and a small window and chair tableau.
Mario Finazzi, Bottiglie, 'Hot Line,' ​1945. Four glass bottles of various sizes. Solarized image on white background.
Kenneth Heilbron, Trompe L'Oeil, ​c. 1954. Still life featuring a key, ribbon, newspaper clipping, and matches against a wooden door.
Kenneth Heilbron, Trompe L'Oeil, ​c. 1954. Still life featuring a postcard and envelope, a key, toothpick, pennies, matches, and string against a wooden surface.

Press Release

Keith de Lellis Gallery presents a group exhibition of vintage still life photographs from the first half of the twentieth century, featuring Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White, Irving Penn, Herbert Matter, and others. The exhibition presents various types of still life imagery, going beyond fine art photography to include industrial, advertising, and surrealist photographs. The clean lines and strict organization of advertising compositions draw a contrast to the dramatic, experimental art and surrealist imagery.


Among the featured photographs is a 1916 photogravure of Bowls by Paul Strand. Additionally, a very early print of Irving Penn’s New York Still Life (1947) will be on view, as well as a rare print of Edward Steichen’s Matches and Match Boxes, which was used to create silk fabric in 1926.

The group includes a variety of photographic processes, such as gelatin silver prints, platinum prints, and rare three-color carbro prints used by Hi Williams and Harold Haliday Costain to create vivid color photographs for advertising and fine art.