Willy Kessels Female Nude Covered in Silk
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1930s Print Date 1930s
Dimensions 6-5/8 x 9-1/8 in. (168 x 232 mm)
Photo Country Belgium
Photographer Country Belgium
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With photographer's blindstamp on the bottom right recto. A lovely print with the edges purposely blurred a bit into sensualty. It is on much large paper that is 15-5/8 x 11-3/4 inches, which is very large for Kessels.
Willy Kessels was born in Termonde, Belgium, in January 1898. After completing the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Gent, he went to Brussels and during the 1920s worked there as a sculptor and architectural draftsman. He met Le Corbusier in 1928. He began his photographic career in 1929, considering this as a logical next step to his previous work. He saw in photography a modern means of representing the world. Kessels was very active during the 1920's and 30's, contracting to photograph industrial installations and advertising campaigns. His photo-montages, aerial views, angles and his work with light, illustrate the modern tendency of Belgian photography, which remained heavily influenced by Pictorialism. He is perhaps best known though for his nudes. Kessels died in 1974.
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