Florence HENRI, Self-portrait Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 2

Florence HENRI

United States of America 1893 – France 1982

  • France

Self-portrait 1928 Place made: Germany
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: not signed. not dated tertiary inscription: inscribed verso, l.r., pencil "photo Florence Henri/ autoritratto"
Dimensions: printed image and sheet 18.1 h x 23.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.320

Henri started off as a musician and abstract painter but after studying with Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she settled in Paris in 1928 and devoting herself to photography. Her approach was unflinchingly experimental. Notable was her radical depiction of space, most usually and daringly delineated and made complex by the use of reflections. Henri focused on self-portraiture in both the late 1920s and late 1930s. Into rigorous, structured spaces she inserts her own body; the contrast between the two is masterful – opening up an interplay between realism and abstraction.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra