Mar 2, 2006

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky


Arnold Newman

(American, 1918–2006)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.5 x 47.6 cm (9 5/8 x 18 3/4 in.); Paper: 40.4 x 50.3 cm (15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 66 cm (18 x 26 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.53



During his long career, which began in the late 1930s, Newman has consistently been one of the most important practitioners of portraiture. Early on he achieved a vivid, personal style that conveys not only a compelling likeness of the sitter, but also reveals his or her personality using suggestive details in the immediate surroundings. For over 50 years he has recorded public figures, including leading politicians, artists, writers, and musicians. This landmark portrait of Igor Stravinsky, taken soon after Newman moved to New York from Miami, remains one of his best. On assignment for Harper’s Bazaar, Newman took some 26 4-x-5-inch exposures of the artist at his piano. The graphic power of this image, with its striking juxtaposition of man and instrument, firmly establishes Newman’s distinctive, innovative style of portraiture.

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