Humphrey Bogart by Yousuf Karsh
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Gelatin silver print
Signed, in ink, au recto
Artist stamp (partial), in ink, au verso
Printed circa 1960
The photographs of Yousuf Karsh are amongst the most recognized of mid 20th Century portraiture. For decades, his studio was regarded as one of the best in the world, and as a result he was often commissioned to create iconic portraits to commemorate famous individuals.
- Yousuf Karsh speaking about this portrait sitting:
“The handsome son of a successful New York physician and his artist wife, Bogart's role model in the theater was the aristocratic Leslie Howard. As a fledgling Broadway actor, it was he who first asked that question, ‘Tennis, anyone?’ But by the time I photographed him, the image of the tender-tough hero was already wrought. Bogart and his English butler had planned a thoughtful surprise to welcome me to his home: an issue of 'Illustrated London News' opened to my portrait of King George VI.”
Yousuf Karsh’s Portraits Evoke a Subject’s Inner Beauty - The New York Times, December 2018