ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006)

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PABLO PICASSO, LA GALLOISE, VALLAURIS, FRANCE, 2 JUNE 1954 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PABLO PICASSO, LA GALLOISE, VALLAURIS, FRANCE, 2 JUNE 1954

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IGOR STRAVINSKY, NEW YORK, NY, 1 DECEMBER 1946 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IGOR STRAVINSKY, NEW YORK, NY, 1 DECEMBER 1946

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, GHOST RANCH, NEAR ABIQUIU, NM, 2 AUGUST 1968 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, GHOST RANCH, NEAR ABIQUIU, NM, 2 AUGUST 1968

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FRANK STELLA, NEW YORK, NY, 19 APRIL 1967 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRANK STELLA, NEW YORK, NY, 19 APRIL 1967

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MARILYN MONROE, HENRY WEINSTEIN'S HOME, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 20 JANUARY 1962 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, HENRY WEINSTEIN'S HOME, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 20 JANUARY 1962

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MAX ERNST, HALE HOUSE, 39 EAST 51ST STREET EAST, NEW YORK, NY, 1 JANUARY 1942 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MAX ERNST, HALE HOUSE, 39 EAST 51ST STREET EAST, NEW YORK, NY, 1 JANUARY 1942

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JACKSON POLLOCK, 830 SPRINGS FIREPLACE ROAD, SPRINGS, EAST HAMPTON, 
LONG ISLAND, NY, FEBRUARY 1949 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JACKSON POLLOCK, 830 SPRINGS FIREPLACE ROAD, SPRINGS, EAST HAMPTON, LONG ISLAND, NY, FEBRUARY 1949

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ISAAC STERN, NEW YORK, NY, 23 SEPTEMBER 1985
 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ISAAC STERN, NEW YORK, NY, 23 SEPTEMBER 1985

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, NEW YORK, NY, 7 JANUARY 1947
 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, NEW YORK, NY, 7 JANUARY 1947

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WILLEM DE KOONING, 831 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY, 25 MAY 1959  by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WILLEM DE KOONING, 831 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY, 25 MAY 1959

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MILTON AVERY, NEW YORK, NY, 6 JANUARY 1961 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MILTON AVERY, NEW YORK, NY, 6 JANUARY 1961

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MARTHA GRAHAM, 316 EAST 63RD STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 2 MARCH 1961 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARTHA GRAHAM, 316 EAST 63RD STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 2 MARCH 1961

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PIET MONDRIAN, 353 EAST 56TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 17 JANUARY 1942 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PIET MONDRIAN, 353 EAST 56TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 17 JANUARY 1942

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GEORGES BRAQUE, VARENGEVILLE, NORMANDY, FRANCE, 8 OCTOBER 1956 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GEORGES BRAQUE, VARENGEVILLE, NORMANDY, FRANCE, 8 OCTOBER 1956

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JEAN ARP, BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, 57TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 31 JANUARY 1949 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JEAN ARP, BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, 57TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 31 JANUARY 1949

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HENRY MILLER, 444 OCAMPO DRIVE, PACIFIC PALISADES, LOS ANGELES, CA, 
17 APRIL 1976 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HENRY MILLER, 444 OCAMPO DRIVE, PACIFIC PALISADES, LOS ANGELES, CA, 17 APRIL 1976

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WOODY ALLEN, 930 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, 7 NOVEMBER 1996 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WOODY ALLEN, 930 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, 7 NOVEMBER 1996

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MAN RAY, 2 BIS RUE FÉROU, PARIS, FRANCE, 1 MAY 1960 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MAN RAY, 2 BIS RUE FÉROU, PARIS, FRANCE, 1 MAY 1960

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DAVID HARE, PROVINCETOWN, CAPE COD, MA, 1 SEPTEMBER 1952
 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DAVID HARE, PROVINCETOWN, CAPE COD, MA, 1 SEPTEMBER 1952

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ALFRIED KRUPP, ESSEN, GERMANY, 6 JULY 1963 by ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918-2006) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ALFRIED KRUPP, ESSEN, GERMANY, 6 JULY 1963

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Early Years

Although Newman was born in New York on 3 March 1918, it would be almost 30 years before he made it his permanent home, in 1946. His father ran a dry-goods business, and then became a hotelier, and Newman's childhood was split between Atlantic City and Miami Beach. Newman had originally intended to become a painter, and took up a working scholarship at the University of Miami. After studying and running small photography studios in Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Newman made his entrée into the New York artistic world in the winter of 1941 42, through the auspices of the Social Realist painter, Raphael Soyer, who not only agreed to be photographed but gave him an introduction to others. By 1946, Newman had opened his first major studio, although Newman habitually worked on location, engaging with the sitter's personality in gradual but thorough ways.

Encouraged by the great photographer, Alfred Steiglitz, who saw and approved of his work in 1942, Newman set about working his way to the top. Soon he was regularly working for 'Fortune', 'Life', ' Newsweek', and 'Harper's Bazaar' photographing, in particular, artists. Newman made his first trip to Europe in 1954, undertaking a variety of assignments, photographing Alberto Giacometti, in Paris, and Pablo Picasso, in Vallauris. In 1949, and back in the United States, Newman provided the images of Jackson Pollock for a profile in Life magazine, and contributed much to the portrait photographer's growing fame. In the same year, Newman met, and worked with, Frank Zachary, who was to become one of the great magazine art directors and editors of his generation. This began a twenty-five year professional relationship, which saw Newman work for 'Portfolio', 'Town & Country', and other significant periodicals.

Environmental Portraits

Arnold Newman has been credited with popularising the "environmental portrait", which places the sitter in surroundings that suit their profession or skill. His famous portrait of Igor Stravinsky, for example, uses the piano to frame, and help define the famous composer. Newman said of his sitters, "it is what they are, not who they are, that fascinates me", and he made his reputation photographing a wide range of highly influential cultural and political figures of the twentieth century, often in their most telling environments, be they home or work. While commonplace today, this technique was not widely used in the 1930s when Newman was learning his craft.

Arnold Newman's archive comprises a catalogue of famous figures of the twentieth century film stars, artists, politicians, sports heroes, and more. He photographed artistic icons such as Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Francis Bacon and David Hockney, Newman's sophisticated eye and technical brilliance won him many fans, and he is remembered today as one of the great American photographers.

Newman died in New York on 6 June 2006.

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