Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Lenore Tawney

Lenore Tawney, 1959

By request from a client in the Netherlands, these two portraits of American fiber artist Lenore Tawney have been freshly scanned.

Tawney began weaving in 1954. Her early tapestries combined traditional with experimental, using an ancient Peruvian gauze weave technique and inlayed colorful yarns to create a painterly effect that appeared to float in space. Because of her unorthodox weaving methods, Tawney was spurned by both the craft and art worlds, but her distinct style attracted many devoted admirers. She is considered to be a groundbreaking artist for the elevation of craft processes to fine art status, two communities which were previously mutually exclusive. (Wikipedia)

Karsh photographed Tawney in November, 1959, for House Beautiful. He photographed several others for the magazine in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lenore Tawney, 1959