Horst P. Horst real name Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann | American, born in Germany in 1906 - 1999 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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Horst P. Horst - \'Round The Clock I, N.Y.\'
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April 2024
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 USD
Realised: 10.880 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 30.240 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Lisa with Harp, 1939
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 17.640 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: Elton’s Superstars
February 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 8.190 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Noel Coward, Paris, 1936
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: Elton’s Superstars
February 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 4.410 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Crucifix, Kitzbühel, Austria, 1936
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: Love, Lust and Devotion
February 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 5.292 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Male Nude (Knee Up), 1955
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: Love, Lust and Devotion
February 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 23.940 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Male Nude with Hands Behind Buttocks, 1952
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: Love, Lust and Devotion
February 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 20.160 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Male Nude I
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Prints & Photographs
January 2024
Bonhams, Skinner Boston (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 4.096 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Odalisque III, New York
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Prints & Photographs
January 2024
Bonhams, Skinner Boston (Online Auction)
Est.: 4.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 2.560 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Lisa with Harp, Paris
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Prints & Photographs
January 2024
Bonhams, Skinner Boston (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 5.120 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Classical Still Life, N.Y.
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Prints & Photographs
January 2024
Bonhams, Skinner Boston (Online Auction)
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not available
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The artist Horst P. Horst

  • German-American fashion and art photographer of the mid-20th century.
  • His breakthrough came with a portrait for the first British edition of Vogue.
  • He studied architecture in Paris under Le Corbusier, who always held him in high esteem.

Horst P. Horst was a renowned German-American photographer of the 20th century, known for his work for the fashion and art worlds. In particular, his photographs for Vogue magazine and his portraits of various celebrities are remembered by the art world. Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, today known as Horst P. Horst, was born on August 14, 1906 in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt. After having to interrupt his sinology studies in Frankfurt a. M. due to tuberculosis and having to regenerate in a sanatorium, he began to study architecture in Hamburg.

At the beginning of the 1930s he moved to Paris to continue his studies with Le Corbusier, who later held him in high esteem.  It was there that Horst met George Hoyningen-Huene, the chief photographer of French Vogue, and became his lover and model - as well as discovering photography for himself. His first work for Vogue was published in 1931. His breakthrough came a year later when he shot a portrait of the daughter of James Hamet Dunn, an influential art patron, for the first issue of British Vogue.

In 1939, Horst moved to New York and, after serving as a sergeant in the war, soon established himself as an influential photographer for Vogue magazine. It was around this time that he adopted his pseudonym, Horst P. Horst.

After World War II, the photographer moved to Long Island and met his partner, Valentine Lawford, a British diplomat. They later adopted a boy. In 1977, Horst took part in documenta 6. Horst's talent and artistic vision helped him develop an unparalleled career in fashion and portrait photography. He photographed such prominent contemporaries as Marlene Dietrich, Yves Saint Laurent, and even the Duke of Windsor.

Horst P. Horst died on November 18, 1999 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at the age of 93. His work is in collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and private collections.

The photographer had a trained eye for light and shadow, which he skillfully applied to the world of fashion. His images are based on conceptual beauty and classic poses. His nudes, portraits, and still lifes are cool, clear, and often seductive, yet they maintain a distance that makes them inaccessible to the viewer.

Der Künstler Horst P. Horst

  • Deutsch-amerikanischer Mode- und Kunstfotograf des mittleren 20. Jahrhunderts.
  • Seinen Durchbruch verschaffte ihm ein Porträt für die erste britische Ausgabe der Vogue.
  • Studierte in Paris Architektur bei Le Corbusier, der ihn stets schätzte.

Horst P. Horst war ein renommierter deutsch-amerikanischer Fotograf des 20. Jahrhunderts, der für seine Arbeiten für die Mode- und Kunstwelt bekannt war. Vor allem die Fotos für die Zeitschrift Vogue und Porträts verschiedener Prominente sind der Kunstwelt im Gedächtnis geblieben. Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, heute bekannt als Horst P. Horst, wurde am 14. August 1906 in Weißenfels, Sachsen-Anhalt, geboren. Nachdem er sein Sinologie-Studium in Frankfurt a. M. wegen einer Tuberkulose unterbrechen und sich in einem Sanatorium regenerieren musste, begann er ein Architekturstudium in Hamburg.

In den frühen 1930er Jahren zog er nach Paris, um bei Le Corbusier, der ihn auch später sehr schätzte, weiter zu studieren. Dort machte Horst bekanntschaft mit George Hoyningen-Huene, dem Cheffotografen der französischen Vogue, und avancierte zu dessen Liebhaber und Model – außerdem entdeckte er so die Fotografie für sich. Seine erste Arbeit für die Vogue kam 1931 heraus. Der Durchbruch gelang ihm nur ein Jahr später, als er ein Porträt der Tochter von James Hamet Dunn, einem einflussreichen Kunstmäzen, für die Erstausgabe der britischen Vogue schoss.

1939 siedelte Horst nach New York über und etablierte sich nach seinem Dienst als Sergeant im Krieg bald als einflussreicher Fotograf für die Zeitschrift Vogue. Um diese Zeit nahm er auch sein Pseudonym Horst P. Horst an.

Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zog der Fotograf nach Long Island und lernte seinen Lebensgefährten Valentine Lawford, einen britischen Diplomaten, kennen. Zusammen adoptierten sie später einen Jungen. 1977 nahm Horst an der documenta 6 teil. Horsts Talent und seine künstlerische Vision halfen ihm, eine beispiellose Karriere in der Mode- und Porträtfotografie zu entwickeln. Er lichtete prominente Zeitgenossen wie Marlene Dietrich,, Yves Saint Laurent oder gar den Herzog von Windsor ab.

Horst P. Horst verstarb am 18. November 1999 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, im Alter von 93 Jahren. Seine Werke befinden sich in verschiedenen Sammlungen auf der ganzen Welt,  darunter die des Victoria and Albert Museum in London, des Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York sowie in privaten Sammlungen.

Der Fotograf hatte ein geschultes Auge für Licht und Schatten, deren Wechselspiel er gekonnt in die Modewelt überführte. Seine Bilder fußen auf konzeptioneller Schönheit und klassischen Posen. Sowohl seine Akte, Porträts als auch Stillleben präsentieren sich kühl, klar und oft auch verführerisch, doch wahren sie eine Distanz, die sie unnahbar für die Betrachtenden macht.

Horst P. Horst - Eliette and Herbert von Karajan, Kitzbühel, Austria, 1958
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 EUR
Realised: 1.890 EUR
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Horst P. Horst - Lisa on Silk III, New York
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November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Horst P. Horst - Lisa with Harp, Paris
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November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 12.065 GBP
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Horst P. Horst - Coco Chanel, Paris
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November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 10.160 GBP
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Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset, 1939
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 EUR
Realised: 11.340 EUR
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Horst P. Horst - Carmen (Face Massage), NY, 1946
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 EUR
Realised: 8.190 EUR
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Horst P. Horst - Gloria Vanderbilt
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October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 12.700 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Coco Chanel, Paris
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October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 6.985 USD
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Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset, Paris
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October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 17.780 USD
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Horst P. Horst - I Love You – Lisa Fonssagrives with hat by Balenciaga and gloves by Boucheron, Paris, 1938
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October 2023
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Horst P. Horst - Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939
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October 2023
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Horst P. Horst - Hands, Hands, New York, 1941
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A Century of Art: Photographs from The Gerald Fineberg Collection
October 2023
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 9.450 USD
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