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Untitled (Window Reflection, 5th Avenue)

Untitled (Window Reflection, 5th Avenue)

c. 1939–1945
(American, 1901–1983)
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.)
© Lisette Model Foundation, courtesy PaceWildensteinMacGill, New York
Location: not on view


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.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 246
  • From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 13-December 31, 2017).
    Photographs: Recent Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (March 17-May 14, 1989).
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