Mona Lisa Distortion

Weegee, Photographer (American, born Ukrainian, 1899-1968)

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In a battery of photographs created with the use of mirrors, distorting lenses of his own manufacture and easel tricks, Weegee transformed the Mona Lisa into a work of modern art. These culminated in 1955 in Animation—Mona Lisa, one of the short films that occupied Weegee’s energies in the 1950s.

Wilma Wilcox, New York, New York [1903-1993]; Acquired by her niece, Mary Ellen Kessler, Indianapolis in 1993. Purchased by (Steve H. Nowlin, Indianapolis) in 2003. Purchased by Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009.

Object Information

photographer
Weegee (American, born Ukrainian, 1899-1968)
creation date
about 1955
materials
gelatin silver print
dimensions
5-5/8 x 7-1/8 in.
mark descriptions
stamped, verso, c.: CREDIT PHOTO BY WEEGEE THE FAMOUS
accession number
2009.75
credit line
Caroline Marmon Fesler Fund, Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, Nancy Foxwell Neuberger Acquisition Endowment Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Van Vorhees Art Fund, Cecil F. Head Art Fund, James V. Sweetser Fund
copyright
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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