André Steiner (1901-1978) was a Jewish artist from Hungary who immigrated to Paris in 1927 after living in Vienna for eight years. Studying engineering while in school, he also was passionate about photography, assisting Dr. Joseph Maria Eder, who taught and wrote extensively about the medium. Steiner remained an outsider to the Hungarian artistic community in Paris; he felt photography was a solitary and personal pursuit. Steiner was also an accomplished athlete and was drawn to the human body as subject matter. Steiner’s spouse, Léa (known as Lily), was a favorite subject, and he made countless nude portraits of her until they split in 1938. Steiner’s work was published in several books, used in advertisements, as well as scientific magazines.
Bain de Soleil [Sunbath]