Studio Manassé// Atelier Manassé
…Olga Solarics (1896-1969) and her husband Adorja’n von Wlassics (1893-1946) ran the Manasse’ Foto-Salon in Vienna from 1922-1938. Olga seems to have been the one interested in the photographic nude. She (or they) exhibited at the 1st International Salon of Nude Photography in Paris in 1933…”
“…Studio Manassé, which flourished in the 1930s in Vienna, captured morethan just portrait photography bursting with erotic charge; it immortalized the fluid state of beauty and the “new woman”: confident in her own sexuality as she struggled to redefine her position in the modern world. Each picture offers a conflict of concepts, as provocative poses are presented in such traditional roles that the cynicism intended renders them humorously absurd . Adorjan and Olga Wlassics, a husband-and-wife team, founded Studio Manassé in the early 1920s.
The first Manassé illustrations appeared in magazines in 1924, a booming industry at the time, as the movie industry skyrocketed and publications aimed to satisfy a public obsessed with glimpses into the world of glamour. Attracting some of the leading ladies of the time from film, theater, opera, and vaudeville,Studio Manassé created masterpieces, employing all the techniques of makeup, retouching, and overpainting to keep their subjects happy while upholding an uncompromised artistic vision.Molded bodies were dreams with alabaster or marbel-like skin; backgrounds were staged so that the photographer could control each environment. And as their art found a home, the Wlassics found themselves able to afford a pattern of life similar to those reflected in their photographs. Their clients ran the gamut, from the advertising agencies to private buyers. When the Wlassics opened a new studio ni Berlin, their business in Vienna was managed more and more by associates, until 1937, when the firm’s name was sold to another photographer. Adorjan passed away just ten years later; Olga remarried and died in 1969…”
Studio Manassé Study, circa 1935
Studio Manassé Veiled nude,1930s Gelatin silver print
Studio Manassé– Nude, Photoengraving ,1933
Studio Manassé Nude and skull, Vienna, c.1928 Gelatin silver print
Studio Manassé The Cry, c1947.
Studio Manassé Untitled (Nude study with grapes), ca. 1930, Gelatin silver print
Studio Manassé Study,1931
Studio Manassé Study, circa 1926
Atelier Manassé-Portrait de Magda Holmar, 1930s
Atelier Manassé- The mirror, 1930′s
Studio Manassé- Pied au mur, 1926
Studio Manassé- Teresa Paoly, 1926
Studio Manassé- Study, c1933. from the book Divas and Lovers, The Erotic Art of Studio Manassé
Studio Manassé – Vienna, Untitled, c.1935.
Studio Manassé- Untitled ,c.1930
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