Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Tribute to Herbert List

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 18, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: 1930s, gay art, Herbert List, homoerotic photography

An image credited to a Herbert List caught my eye on eBay a few weeks ago, so I searched around and was blown herbert4.jpgaway by what I found. Magnificent work, haunting, disciplined, filled with light, truth, and clarity.

When I browsed the "artist" images on the List Estate's site, I realized I'd seen some of these photos (of Picasso, Collette, others) before. Now I have List's name to put with those historic portraits.

Seeing his erotic and landscape imagery makes me further appreciate his genius. Although List worked until the end of his very long life, the images shown here were shot in the 1930s. When you consider how modern they look, it makes one wonder: were they progressive or have we just been marching in place all this time?

I highly recommend the free galleries on The Herbert List Estate.

More after the jump.

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Wonderful, Gloria. Thank you so much for bringing art to The Bilerico Project. I've really been enjoying your posts.

You have an amazing ability to send me surfing wonderful unfamiliar areas. Keep up the good work.

List was an incredible photographer. It's fair to say large parts of Robert Mapplethorpe or Marcus Leatherdale (not to mention Tom of Finland) might not exist were it not for List. His story is also amazing since he was a gay man who ended up fighting in the German army (I assume while closeted) during WWII. It makes one wonder how many other closeted soldiers there were on all sides. Gloria, thanks for bringing this artist to greater public notice.