|Contact: Charles Schwartz|
Company: Charles Schwartz Ltd.
Company: 21 East 90th Street
Company: New York, NY 10128 USA
|Medium: Vintage Gelatin Silver Print|
|Image Date: 1939|
|Print Date: 1939|
|Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 in. (216 x 292 mm)|
|Photo Country: United Kingdom (UK)|
|Photographer Country: United Kingdom (UK)|
|Description: Signed on recto below print. Verso reads: "Copyright Angus McBean Self Portrait Christmas Card 1939 Copyright.
Mounted on original red card
McBean, a singular talent in 20th-century portraiture, was known for his unique ability to incorporate surrealist elements into complex, highly crafted compositions in which no detail was left untouched.
In this 1939 Christmas card, McBean shows a close up of his face as Neptune, beautifully lit and highly stylized.
The Gernsheims were early collectors and strong fans of McBean's work, and he is highlighted in "The Gernsheim Collection, Harry Ransom Center," University of Texas Press, Austin, 2010, page 300. 1|