In memory of our neighbor Annie S.
Georges LePape for VOGUE, September 1, 1923. Via CondeNastStore.
Perfume (Parfum), ca. 1900. Published by Editions de la Trading Company. Color lithograph on card stock. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Leonard Lauder. 2012.6949.12
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I normally avoid the Rockefeller Center area as one might avoid a plague site or a minefield. However, once in a while I need to stop into Saks, and then I need to find a nearby subway station, so I just put my head down and shove through the crowds.
I’m glad I looked up during my last running of the Rockefeller Plaza gauntlet, however, because I was passing Christie’s and my eyes met those of Ms. Lauren Bacall—at least, a photograph of Bacall, in an oversized reproduction of a Joseph Cornell piece that was recently up for auction.
My snapshot caught the reflections of the neon signage across the street, which was a nice little accident.
You can read more about Cornell’s Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall on the Christie’s website. (It’s #5 of 8 images in the slideshow.)
UPDATE, AUGUST 12, 2014: I’ve just learned that Lauren Bacall died today, at the age of 89. She always seemed timeless and ageless to me. I hope that she and her great admirer Joseph Cornell will eventually cross paths at some celestial cocktail party.
Photo by Tinsel Creation.