by Carl Van Vechten
cream-toned bromide print, 14 January 1933
4 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (122 mm x 132 mm) overall
Artistback to top
- Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), Critic, novelist and photographer. Artist of 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Critic and novelist Van Vechten made this portrait a year after taking up photography. In this bold composition cropped right at the neckline of her dress, Van Vechten shows Welch reclining, with eyes partially closed, giving the picture an intimate, sensual feeling.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939 (4 November 2017 - 14 October 2018)
- Soft Lights and Sweet Music: Photographs of Elisabeth Welch (5 March 2009 - 25 October 2009)
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Events of 1933back to top
Current affairsSir Norman Angell is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Angell was recognised for his book, Europe's Optical Illusion (or The Great Illusion) first published in 1910 and updated in 1933, which argued that war between modern powers was futile as neither the looser or victor would gain economically from it.
Art and scienceBritish Art embraces abstraction with the establishment of 'Unit 1', the first group of British Artists dedicated to producing abstract art. The critic Herbert Read formed the group by bringing together the artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and the architect, Wells Coates.
The Duveen Wing extension at the National Portrait Gallery is opened by King George V.
InternationalThe Nazi party comes to power in Germany as part of a coalition government with Hitler as Chancellor. Over the next year, the party consolidated its position through the Enabling Act (allowing them to pass legislation without the support of the coalition), by banning and purging opposition, and by making Hitler Führer in 1934: granting him the combined powers of Chancellor and President.
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