Divas and Lovers: The Erotic Art of Studio Manasse by Monika Faber & D.H. Lawrence

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Divas and Lovers: The Erotic Art of Studio Manasse
Essay by Monika Faber 
Story by D.H. Lawrence

4to. pp. 159. b/w illustrations. bibliography. paperback (near fine - previous owner's signature on half-title). [New York]: Universe, [1998].

ISBN-10: 0789302349 / ISBN-13: 9780789302342


This seductive volume features a recently rediscovered cache of captivating portraits from another time and place: a golden age of cinema and cabaret in Vienna of the 1920s and 1930s. The Manasses, a husband-and-wife team from the Vienesse beau monde, used retouching techniques to create surreal and noir images that seethe with an erotic symbolism barely concealed beneath a mask of glorious styling, elegant poses, and extravagant costumes. Photographic historian Monika Faber examines this work as part of the world of a cinema-enthralled Vienna, while an accompanying D.H. Lawrence story enhances the erotic climate of the images.