London’s National Gallery Gives Us Audrey Hepburn Like We’ve Never Seen Her Before

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Audrey Hepburn on location in Africa for The Nuns Story Photo: Leo Fuchs (1958)
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Douglas Kirkland, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy with sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith (1966) Photo: (1966) ©Douglas Kirkland
Douglas Kirkland, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy with sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith (1966)
Photo: ©Douglas Kirkland
Audrey Hepburn Dance recital photograph Photo: Manon van Suchtelen (1942) courtesy The National Portrait Gallery
Manon van Suchtelen,Dance recital photograph (1942)
Photo: courtesy The National Portrait Gallery
Costume test for Sabrina (1953) Photo: Paramount Pictures courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery
Costume test for Sabrina (1953)
Photo: Paramount Pictures courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery
Howell Conant, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1962) Photo: Howell Conant courtesy The National Portrait Gallery
Howell Conant, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1962)
Photo: Howell Conant courtesy The National Portrait Gallery
Bud Fraker, Audrey Hepburn for ‘Sabrina’ (1954) Photo: courtesy Paramount Pictures
Bud Fraker, Audrey Hepburn for ‘Sabrina’ (1954)
Photo: courtesy Paramount Pictures
Erwin Blumenfeld, Audrey Hepburn (1952) ©The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Erwin Blumenfeld, Audrey Hepburn (1952)
Photo: ©The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Bert Hardy, Unpublished photograph of Audrey Hepburn in Richmond Park by Bert Hardy, 30 April (1950)Photo: ©Bert Hardy/Getty Images
Bert Hardy, Unpublished photograph of Audrey Hepburn in Richmond Park (1950)
Photo: ©Bert Hardy/Getty Images
Audrey Hepburn on location in Africa for The Nuns Story Photo: Leo Fuchs (1958)
Leo Fuchs, Audrey Hepburn on location in Africa for The Nuns Story (1858)
Photo: courtesy The National Portrait Gallery
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn for LIFE magazine, (1954)Photo: ©Philipe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn for LIFE magazine (1954)
Photo: ©Philipe Halsman

Images of Audrey Hepburn, previously unseen in the UK, will be exhibited as part of “Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon”, which opens at London’s National Portrait Gallery this July.

The selection of 35 photographs will include images spanning the entire life of the 20th-century icon, from when was nine years of age to a photoshoot with Steven Meisel in 1991, two years before her death. The exhibition will also include works by Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, and Norman Parkinson (see Richard Avedon’s Grandson Shoots Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter).

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the actress in her days as a chorus girl and dancer in the Netherlands, behind-the-scenes shots from films such as Sabrina (1954) and The Nun’s Story (1959), and photos of her later philanthropic work .

The National Portrait Gallery is able to show these images thanks to donations from Hepburn’s sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, making this the first photographic exhibition in the UK of the icon supported by the Audrey Hepburn Estate.

“We are thrilled to be able to support this comprehensive and beautifully curated exhibition dedicated to our mother as it allows me and my brother Sean to grasp fragments of an otherwise unreachable past,” Dotti said in a press release. “She would be honored to have an exhibition dedicated to her at the National Portrait Gallery,” he added.

“Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon” will be on view at London’s National Portrait Gallery from July 2 – October 18 2015.


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