Lot 261

2 William C. Odiorne Paris Scene Photographs 1920s

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Odiorne, William Cunningham, aka Cicero (American/Paris/New Orleans, 1881-1978), Two Paris Scenes, 1920s, silver prints on matte paper, each signed in ink at upper left. Odiorne was an American artist and photographer who was part of artistic and literary circles in New Orleans and Paris during the 1920s. According to historian, academic, and writer Joel Williamson, "Bill Spratling introduced Faulkner to William Odiorne, a highly talented photographer and mysterious person from New Orleans who did indeed catch some marvelous images of the budding writer. Everyone called Odiorne 'Cicero,' and he and Faulkner became good friends. Odiorne was homosexual, and, sadly, limped because of a club foot" (William Faulkner and Southern History). He and Faulkner browsed the bookstalls along the Seine together, drank at a sidewalk table outside the Deux Magots, and often stopped near the Place de l'Odéon to catch a glimpse of James Joyce, whom they never dared approach. Odiorne captured a romantic, classical vision of Paris in soft focus, impressionistic images. His work is included in several public and private collections including Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Prints 7 x 9 inches. Both mounted, matted, and in wooden gilt frames 17.5 x 15 inches


In overall good condition, unexamined outside of the frame. Appropriately silvered in some areas, age toning. Merchandise will be packed and transported by the purchaser at their own risk and expense. A list of recommended shippers is on our website: https://www.conceptgallery.com/auctions/shipping/ .

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