”This fascination with the human face has never left me... Every face I see seems to hide—and sometimes reveal—the mystery of another human being. Capturing this revelation became the goal and passion of my life.” -Philippe Halsman, quoted in “Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective”
THE RARE, STUNNING, COMPLETE PORTFOLIO OF 10 LARGE ICONIC SILVER GELATIN PRINTS OF MARILYN MONROE BY PHILIPPE HALSMAN. NUMBER 247 OF 250 SETS.
Nine of the prints are from Halsman’s famous 1952 shoot at Monroe’s apartment for LIFE Magazine, including the cover shot for the April 7, 1952 issue; one (“Marilyn Jumping”) from his 1959 “Jumpology” series.
Halsman explained the circumstances of the 1952 shoot: "I drove to the outskirts of Los Angeles, where she lived in a two-room apartment. What impressed me in the living room was the obvious striving for self-improvement. I saw a photograph of Eleanora Duse and a multitude of books that I did not expect to find there, like the works of Dostoevsky, Freud, the history of Fabian socialism, etc. On the floor were two barbells.” (Philippe Halsman website).
In addition to the LIFE cover photograph and “Marilyn Jumping”, the portfolio includes: “Portrait of Marilyn, 1952”; “Marilyn with Barbells, 1952”; “Marilyn Entering the Closet, 1952”; “Marilyn Flirting, 1952”; “Marilyn at the Drive-In, 1952”; “Marilyn Listening to Music, 1952”; “The True Marilyn, 1952”; “Marilyn-Mao, 1952”.
Limitation signed by Yvonne Halsman and numbered 247/250. Each photograph is hand-stamped on the reverse and numbered 247/250. Size: 11x14 inch prints; archivally fastened and matted onto 16x20 inch Museum Rag Board.
New York: The Neikrug Press, 1981. Large portfolio. Prints loose as issued in linen clamshell box with title label. Soiling to rear of box; contents pristine. Over the years, many sets have been broken up and the prints sold individually; complete sets are now very rare.
Price: $6,500 .