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Lot 886

2 William C. Odiorne Silver Prints Paris Scenes 1920s

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Odiorne, William Cunningham (Cicero) (American/Paris/New Orleans, 1881 -1978) Paris Scenes, 1920s, silver prints on matte paper, one signed in ink at upper left of photograph, the other signed at lower right. 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 sidewalk tables outside the Deux Magots, and often stopped near the Place de l'Odéon to catch a glimpse of James Joyce. 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. Appropriately silvered in some areas, age toning.

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