In preparation for his extravagant murals in public and private buildings around the world, Catalan painter José María Sert often turned to photography as a means of studying and copying figures seen from daring perspectives. Gridded to help enlarge the forms to mural size, this photograph of Sert’s assistant Leonard Mancini likely served as a study for his murals at Kent House, London, in which figures seem to float high above the room like a heavenly vision.


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Artist
José María Sert, Spanish, 1874–1945
Title
[Life Study for Kent House]
Date
c. 1913
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 11 3/4 × 9 5/16 in. (29.8 × 23.7 cm) Sheet: 11 3/4 × 9 5/16 in. (29.8 × 23.7 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.10
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Galerie Michèle Chomette, Paris]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.