Slim Aarons "Armandos Beach Club"

Sale price$2,000

 

Slim Aarons’s lush color photographs immortalized mid-century luxury. His frames captured jet-set American subjects lounging, gossiping, and drinking in palatial Palm Springs mansions and on European beaches during the post-war era. Aarons also photographed cultural icons such as the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and Grace Kelly, and worked as a photographer for magazines including Life and Vogue. His photographs have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and New York, and have sold for five-figure prices on the secondary market. In 1997, the Hulton Archive at Getty Images bought Aarons’s entire archive. 

Framed in smooth painted white matte wood 

21.5" X 29"

Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II. His work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Venture and LIFE.

Aarons was known for the positive portrayals he gave to the people he photographed and was invited to high-society gatherings for exactly this reason. His subject matter covered American and European society as well as nobility and both minor and major stars of the day.

Over the course of a career lasting half a century, Slim Aarons (1916-2006) portrayed high society, aristocracy, authors, artists, business icons, the celebrated and their milieu. In doing so, he captured a golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure that occurred alongside—but quite separate from—the cultural and political backdrop of the second half of the Twentieth Century.