Classically Modern: The Portraiture of Věra Prášilova Scott

FEB 21 – JUN 21, 2015

In the years following World War I, European photographers rapidly shed the nostalgic, softly focused trappings of Pictorialism for crisp imagery and a modern sensibility reflecting the industrial energy of the era. Bohemia-born artist Věra Prášilova Scott (1899-1996), who immigrated to the United States in 1924, gracefully fused these competing aesthetics in her photographic portraits produced in New York City, Portland, and Houston, Texas. This installation of more than seventy photographs reveals her skill in creating portraits of striking beauty that subtly combine elements of European modernism, American fashion photography, and the alluring intimacy of fine studio portraiture.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography.