1951 Nude Peter Basch 2 1/4 Negative Photograph Pin up Bettie Page Never B4 Seen
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Thanks to all our eBay bidders! We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. Please feel free to contact us with any and all questions about the items and our policies and please take a moment to peruse our other great eBay listings. All sell no reserve! Grapefruit Moon Gallery acquired an unusual and important collection of photographs, proof sheets, negatives and transparencies from the estate of Peter Basch – the famed and well regarded artist whose work is familiar to collectors of erotic pin-up and Hollywood glamour photography alike. A full biography of the artist can be found below. The specifics of this auction is as follows: This is a very early, fully nude, risqué camera art view of Bettie Page; the erotic model whose name has become synonymous with the wild and uninhibited subculture of camera club art, pin-up, men’s and art magazines in the 1950’s. The sitting Page did with Basch was a departure from her usual cheesecake and fetish pin-up style and shows a more glamorous and restrained side to the timeless beauty. This is a never before seen or published image from that sitting, archived for years in the photographers estate, out of circulation. The Bettie Page sitting was shot May 28, 1951 and she indicated her place of residence as 216 West 78th Street, NYC. Peter Basch photographed thousands of women during the span of his career and actually did not realize that he had done a photo shoot with the later famous Bettie Page until some 30 years afterwards. The Model Release gave him total rights to the images. Most likely shot at Basch’s Manhattan studio, this is an exceedingly rare example capturing all of Bettie Page’s erotic glory from this important photo shoot. PLEASE NOTE: This scan shows the positive view of this image but this auction is for the original camera 2 1/4″ negative. Additionally, no rights are attached to this auction, all reproduction rights are retained by the Basch family trust. CONDITION: This vintage, original negative is in very fine condition as shown in our scan. ******************** Peter Basch was a German/American glamour photographer who over his career developed a style of deeply innovative artistic glamour, pin up, and erotic photography. The artist was born in Germany, the son of Austrian parents famous in the German film industry. His family moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s where worked as the assistant of Laszlo Willinger. In 1945 Basch moved to New York and built a successful career as a magazine photographer even as he kept a foot in the film industry working with directors from Elia Kazan to Jean Luc Goddard. He produced photographs of many celebrities, artists, performers, dancers, actors and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His work could be found everywhere from Life to Playboy and he was a mainstay in the figure and men’s magazines and pin up calendars of the era. He photographed many of the most prominent stars of the 50s and 60s. The photographer was innovative in the moving Hollywood portraiture from the highly formal glamour views popular in the 1930s and 1940s to a more expressive style, in which stars such as Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly, and Catherine Deneuve were photographed in a more natural and personal manner. His work has been exhibited internationally, and a series of books were published showcasing his risqué, nude, erotic and figure photography. The most colorfully titled of these, and a phrase which perfectly sums up the artist’s illustrious career is “Put A Girl In Your Pocket: The Artful Camera of Peter Basch.” ******************** Bettie Mae Page was born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee. The second of six children, Page was frequently placed in an orphanage with her sisters while her single mother worked to save money. A hard-working student, Page graduated at the top of her high school class at Peabody College. She married Billy Neal in 1943, and the couple moved to San Francisco, California, where Page launched her modeling career. After divorcing Billy in 1947 and moving to New York, Bettie Page worked with a photographer to produce the first of many pin-up calendars. Within months, she was posing for national magazines, including the centerfold of January 1955’s Playboy. With her deep blue eyes and raven black hair with signature short bangs, Page became more than a model—she was a living icon. She dabbled in acting, but her success was primarily in modeling. She moved to Florida to work with several influential photographers and married her second husband, Armond Walterson, in 1958. A third marriage to Harry Lear would also end in divorce. In the 1960s, Bettie Page mysteriously disappeared from the limelight and was said to have suffered from severe mental problems. Two films have been created about her life: 2004’s Bettie Page: Dark Angel starring Paige Richards and 2005’s The Notorious Bettie Page, with Gretchen Mol. The 1950s pin-up queen died on December 11, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. Though she retreated from the public eye to live a private life with her family, Bettie Page’s legend remains as strong as ever. — “Bettie Page.” Bio. 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