by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
7 3/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (197 mm x 205 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1532 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The sculptor wrote to Kar following her visit to his studio in Hertfordshire regarding a request by Vogue to use this image saying: 'I am very pleased that (Vogue) want to do it full-page'. Kar photographed Moore with two casts of Family Group (1949), an earlier version of which was his first large scale commission for a bronze.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Faces of the Century, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 October 1999 to 30 January 2000), p. 198
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer (10 March 2011 - 19 June 2011)
Events of 1954back to top
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