Max Thorek (1880-1960) was considered one of the outstanding surgeons of all time, but he was also noted as a very talented photographer, his efforts peaking in the 1930's and 1940's when he contributed mightily to the pictorialist movement. This original photograph itself measures 9 5/8" by 12 1/2" (other measurements 12 3/4" by 14 3/4" inside the outer, modern mat, and 17 3/4" by 21 3/4" as framed). It is titled in pencil on the original mat at lower left "De Profundis", and it is signed in pencil by Thorek at lower right, and on reverse of the framing materials is affixed Dr. Thorek's original circular blind stamp. The subject is a strongly male face with heavy beard, seen in dramatic lighting, with strong contrast with the darkness at right. One is reminded of Charlton Heston as Moses! The photo has some silvering on edges and there is a silver round spot above the forehead near top center, and there appear also to be light abrasion in a diagonal line in the dark area. So condition is not pristine as some collectors demand, but the image is very strong and the photographer's place in the history of American photographic history is assured. Thorek was born in Hungary and was graduating from medical school in Chicago by 1904. By 1935 he had founded the still extant International College of Surgeons, in Geneva. Later in life Thorek was an in-demand medical lecturer, traveling extensively around the world, and many surgical advances and practices/procedures are credited to him. He was something of a renaissance man, dabbling in philosophy as well as photography. His photography subjects commonly are portraits and female nudes; most photos were taken indoors. Thorek's photos have sold at major auction houses in Europe and America. **PLEASE ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS AND FALSE COLORS IN THE IMAGES----this proved particularly difficult to photograph as framed, behind glass. Ask for more/better images**. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND SOME PHOTOGRAPHS IN MY SHOP.
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