Lee Miller (1907-1977). Pablo Picasso, 1954. Gelat - by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

 Lee Miller (1907-1977)
Pablo Picasso, 1954, printed 1984
Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper
25.6 x 25.1cm (10 x 9 7/8in)
Private collection

A model, photographer, surrealist icon and pioneer, Lee Miller was one of the 20th-century’s most important photographers. She was a lover, apprentice and collaborator of Surrealist photographer Man Ray, revered for his use of “solarization.” The technique – a way of reversing highlights into darks – became Man Ray’s trademark, but it was Lee Miller who discovered it.

Known for her Surrealist images, she was also a fashion photojournalist for British Vogue and a war correspondent. Her works rarely appear at auction – only 13 were offered from 2015-2017. In the same time-frame, however, she was featured in 12 exhibitions around the world, four of which were solo shows.

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller, Lady Penrose (April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977), was an American photographer and photojournalist. She was a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris, where she became a fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she was a war correspondent for Vogue, covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.
In 1929, Miller intended to apprentice with the surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray. Although, at first, he insisted that he did not take students, Miller soon became his model and collaborator, as well as his lover and muse. More on Lee Miller

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