1 of 13 portraits of Lee Miller
© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London
by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1932
6 in. x 7 1/2 in. (153 mm x 191 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Lee Miller (1907-1977), Photographer. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lee Miller (1907-1977), Photographer. Artist of 16 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
From 1929-1932, Miller was Man Ray's pupil, lover and muse, and together they experimented with the technique of solarisation. Following the end of their partnership, Miller relocated to New York. This self-portrait was taken shortly after she had established her studio at East 48th Street. The image, in which Miller references the dress and conventions of Renaissance court portraiture, was taken for a fashion article on plastic hairbands which had just been introduced. Miller's primary work at this time was in fashion and advertising. In the year of this self-portrait, Miller also enjoyed favourable reviews for her solo exhibition at Julien Levy's art gallery.
Events of 1932back to top
Current affairsSir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.
Art and scienceJohn Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.
InternationalSaudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.
Exhibitions and displays
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939
Until 7 October