Horvat, Frank (Italian, 1928-2020)
Red Hat and Eiffel Tower, Paris
Executed in 1986, printed later
Archival pigment photograph
Inscribed lower left: EAI (indiscernible) M 5/12
Signed lower right: Frank Horvat
31in h x 46.5in w Image
• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
• Acquired from Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach FL 25 September 2012
Frank Horvat was an Italian photographer best known for his fashion images shot during the 1950s through 1980s. Horvat studied art at the Accademia di Brera, in Milan and later worked for an advertising firm and freelanced for Italian magazines. Around 1950 he made his first trip to France, where he met war photographer Robert Capa and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, best known for his candid images and street photography. In 1954 Horvat moved to London working for LIFE and Picture Post. The following year he moved to Paris permanently, and by 1957 Horvat was working full time as a fashion photographer for publications like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Vogue, often traveling to New York and London.
The present work was photographed in 1986 for French fashion magazine Madame Figaro, and depicts the glamourous model Patrizia Pilotti in a red floral hat, blue gown and gloves before a bustling, everyday street scene of pedestrians and vendors by the Eiffel Tower.