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    studiolymar wrote on Apr 22, '10
    Hi Vlad, what an interesting story and what a fine art of portraiture, thank for sharing.

    obb1esso wrote on Apr 22, '10
    Good job Vlad, thanks for putting together this album, nice to see what was going on in Europe in the 30's.

    woody2662 wrote on Apr 22, '10
    Wow. Really nice post. I know this must have taken you awhile to put this together.

    ohikkoshi wrote on Apr 24, '10
    Maurice, OB, Woody
    You are very welcome!

    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Apr 24, '10
    So glad to see this beautiful album, vlad, thanks so much!

Manasse - Vienna, Berlin: Atelier Manasse    Apr 22, '10 12:40 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld (upd. 06-08) #294


ohikkoshi wrote on Jun 8, '10
Adorjan von Wlassics = Adorjan von Vlašic', an aristocrat with croatian or bosnian roots.

Atelier Manasse

WOG (Wlassics-Olga-Geschka)
Time Period: 1922-38
Location: Vienna, Berlin

“…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 Manasse, 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 Manasse in the early 1920s. The first Manasse 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 Manasse 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 in 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…”

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