Originally a student of the avant-garde Viennese pianist Arnold Schoenberg, Model began making photographs in Paris in 1933. Two years later, the French periodical Regards published selections from her first series, Promenade des Anglais, a satirical look at middle-class tourists on the French Riviera that foreshadowed the brash, confrontational style that would become her trademark. Her emigration to America in 1938 inspired two additional series, Reflections and Running Legs, from which this piece is drawn. The unusual, "belly-down" perspective, as well as the grainy, overwrought appearance of the print, evokes the hurried pace and overwhelming cacophony of Wall Street at rush hour and recalls the atonal experiments of her early musical training in Vienna.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in blue ink on print, verso UR [sideways]: "[illegible] Lisette Model // Feet Wallstreet"; stamped in brown ink on print, verso C: "[copyright symbol] ESTATE OF LISETTE MODEL // 1983 ARCHIVE NUMBER. D 1/1 [inscribed in pencil"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso UC: "8/26/79 // 1 of 8 [encircled] // RETURN TO GS [cricled]"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso C: "3" 4" [both numbers crossed out]", inscribed in pencil on print, verso UL [sideways]: "3" 4" [both numbers circled]"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LC [sideways]: "AP"; inscribed in red pencil on print, verso LR: "27";
Lisette Model; [Sander Gallery]; Private Collector, NY; Robert Mann Gallery, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection," December 18, 1990–March 17, 1991.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 31," January 28, 2002–May 19, 2003.