Front view
Inv. No.S-0146

L’Inconnue de la Seine

Year1920s, vintage

gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard

Dimensions15 x 22 cm

Cf. S_19 Rudomine, S_146 Anonym, S_249 Eckert and S_156 Citroen. L’Inconnue de la Seine (Die Unknown Women of the Seine); was an unidentified young woman whose death mask could be found on walls of many artists' homes after 1900. It was an inspiration for many writers and motif of many photographers. Legend has it that she was a victim of suicide. An employee at the Paris morgue was so taken with her beauty that he let mould a death mask of her face.

S-0146, L’Inconnue de la Seine
Anonymous, L’Inconnue de la Seine, 1920s
S-0146, Front view