About This Image

Sensual image in a warm-toned matt silver gelatin print mounted on card with the photographer's blindstamp "W. Kessels Brux. on recto and printed credit on recto of mount. Provenance: Photographer; Collector; Christie's South Kensington.

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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Woman Reclining in Black Leather Dress
Willy Kessels Woman Reclining in Black Leather Dress

Price $2,000

Main Image

Ref.# 327

Medium Silver print (matte)

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1934  Print Date 1934

Dimensions 6-1/2 x 9 in. (165 x 229 mm)

Photo Country Belgium

Photographer Country Belgium


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