Attributed to Julian Mandel (French, 1872-1935)
Three Photographs of Alice Prin, Known as Kiki de Montparnasse, early 1920s. One of the nudes inscribed "The painting is better than the photograph. Thank you Roland" and the other "My Girl - Kiki" on the verso, the sitter is identified on the verso of the third. Gelatin silver prints, image sizes to 5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in., unmatted, unframed. Condition: Scattered handling crimps and creases primarily on the third work.
Provenance: The collection of Roland E. Hill, by family descent.
N.B. Julian Mandel was one of the best-known commercial photographers of female nudes in the early 20th century. Kiki de Montparnasse was a French model, actress, and muse to artists and writers including Man Ray, Amedeo Modigliani, and Ernest Hemingway. Roland E. Hill, an American art director and set designer, was involved with Kiki de Montparnasse in the 1920s.
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