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Denise Colomb, 54 portraits of artists

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Start Date:20th June 2013
End Date:3rd November 2013
Denise Colomb, 54 portraits of artists

Denise Colomb, whose real name is Denise Loeb, was born in Paris in 1902. After studying the cello at the Paris Conservatoire, she photographed her first portraits during a stay in Indochina (1935-1937), where she accompanied her husband, Gilbert Cahen.
During the war, she adopted the pseudonym she kept as a photographer. In 1948, Denise Colomb visited the West Indies at the invitation of the poet Aimé Césaire before travelling to India, Israël and Europe. She contributed to several magazines (le Leicaïste, Regards, le Photographe, Réalités) and was commissioned by Point de vue – Images du monde. She naturally inclined to represent the noblest and most sympathetic sides of mankind. True to her ethics, she belongs to the French tradition of poetic realism, together with Boubat, Izis, Doisneau and Ronis.*
In 1947, she started with Antonin Artaud a long series of portraits of artists. Her brother, Pierre Loeb, the owner of a famous gallery in Paris, introduced her to painters and sculptors. The artist’s emblematic features, the dreams they embody, but also the frailties they reveal, helped her to express her own feelings. Artaud, tortured and visionary; the tragic beauty of Nicolas de Staël photographed a few months before his suicide; the humble and rough Giacometti; Picasso peacefully seated on stairs like a living statue; Ernst, his unruly lock of hair and his anxious look, with the Paris roofs in the background, can’t be forgotten. Whether her models are famous or unknown, she has never renounced her passion for faces. Denise Colomb died in 2004.

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