Jul 27, 2012

Portrait of a Lady in a Chinese Dress (The Painter Anette Engelmann)

Portrait of a Lady in a Chinese Dress (The Painter Anette Engelmann)


Annelise Kretschmer

(German, 1903–1987)

Gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard

Paper: 30.5 x 39.1 cm (12 x 15 3/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.2


Did you know?

Advances in printing technology in the 1920s led to a flourishing of photographically illustrated magazines, which opened a flood of new career opportunities for photographers including women.


Kretschmer’s portraits of young women sporting modern clothing and short hairstyles were widely published in magazines as illustrations for short stories and as fashion photographs. In this image, the painter Anette Engelmann poses in an elaborately embroidered Chinese dress. “When it came to the fashion photos,” said Kretschmer, “the fashion was secondary as far as I was concerned—the photos were portraits in which I could play with fabrics and accessories.”

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