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Herbert List’s Italy

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The Karsten Greve Gallery in Paris currently presents works by Leica photographer Herbert List (1903–1975). Titled ‘Italy’, the showcase encompasses a vast selection of images captured in the Mediterranean country between 1933 and 1961. Since the retrospectives at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (1983) and the Hotel de Sully in 2000, List’s work has rarely been exhibited in France - making this presentation a welcome opportunity for French audiences to rediscover the artist’s work.
Herbert List, whose visual approach was shaped by the European avant-garde, combined the stringent formality of Bauhaus aesthetics with the magic of surrealist inspiration.

In the course of his travels during the early 1930s, the German photographer discovered his love for Italy. In his images, he immortalised priests, craftsmen, traders, scholars, aristocrats, children and old people. His impressions range from cemetery scenes and skeletons hung up in churches, to a funeral carriage in front of the Gulf of Naples. His extraordinary compositions give glimpses into a past version of Italy that has almost entirely disappeared.

For further information visit
Galerie Karsten Greve Paris
Herbert List

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