Peter Rose Pulham - Collection of Corbeau and Renard assembled by Gerd Sander Part II London Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Photographer's Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    It was Cecil Beaton who originated Pulham’s impulse towards taking photographs and he continued to shape his artistic career. He discovered Beaton’s work in VOGUE during his first year at Oxford University. Beaton’s taste for exotic fantasies significantly shaped Pulham’s later masterpieces, such as the portrait of Leonora Fini. Beaton’s strong inclination towards romanticism is regarded to have significantly influenced Pulham’s interpretation of Neo-Victorianism. Among young pioneers including Barbara Ker-Seymour, Brian Howard, and Evelyn Waugh, Pulham was part of the group Bright Young People forming the London vanguard using negative printing and solarisation in portraiture. In Paris, he was part of the Surrealist milieu and was in close contact with key Surrealist and Neo-Romantic artists including Salvador Dali and Max Ernst. Besides Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray played an important role in Pulham’s career. Pulham admired his “wilful abuse of the medium”, his “perverse ingenuity”, and referred to Man Ray’s concealed objects when producing advertising shots for Steibel.


Selected Fashion Studies

Four gelatin silver prints.
Varying sizes from 23.5 x 16.5 cm. (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in) to 29.5 x 21.6
cm. (11 5/8 x 8 1/2 in).

One print signed in ink on the verso; one print signed and annotated ‘Love to Cecil from Luce’ in ink on the mount.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £1,750

Collection of Corbeau and Renard assembled by Gerd Sander Part II

17 May 2008, 3pm