Abbott, Berenice. (1898–1991) [Guggenheim, Peggy. (1898–1979)]

Original Portrait

Silver print of Abbott's portrait of Guggenheim and a dog, matted and signed in pencil by the photographer.  Light foxing to mat, else fine. Matte photo measures 9.875'' x 12.875' inches (25 x 32.8 cm.), mounted to 16 x 20 inch (40.6 x 50.8 cm.) board.

Berenice Abbott opened a photographic portrait studio in Paris in 1926 after having worked for three years as an assistant to Man Ray, whom she had met in New York.  Although her Paris portraits are indebted stylistically to Man Ray's, she brought to them a sympathetic eye that was very much her own.

Peggy Guggenheim, a member of the wealthy New York Guggenheim family, was a renowned art collector and patron.  Her private collection was turned into a museum, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Venice.  Known for her love of dogs, particularly Lhasa Apsos, the remains of fourteen of her departed pets are interred with her in her palazzo, attached to the museum. (18470)

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