Nov 2, 2007

Untitled (Window Reflection, 5th Avenue)

Untitled (Window Reflection, 5th Avenue)

c. 1939–1945

Lisette Model

(American, 1901–1983)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.4 x 26.8 cm (13 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1988.192



This work probably belongs to a series of photographs of plate-glass windows that Model took in 1939, two years after immigrating to Manhattan from Europe. Titled Reflections, the series conveyed the energy and excitement of the New York streets. By then, the economy had improved, although unemployment and poverty rates remained high. There is no sense of deprivation in Model’s image of posh Fifth Avenue, with its tall buildings, stylish pedestrians, and abundant choices of fashionable hats.

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