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Lisette Blumenfeld Georges, 89, succumbs to complications of Crohn’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisette was the first born child of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld from Berlin and Lena Citroen of Amsterdam , cousin of Paul Citroen: Blumenfeld’s best friend. since age 6. Upon her birth Lisette became Blumenfeld’s most photographed model and muse. They lived in Zandvoort on the Zee and then in Ardenhout. Lisette was model and assistant in her youth recalling time spent in an early ‘darkroom’ closet under the staircase. Fantastic chemical experiments took place in the middle of the living room floor during the early years. In 1937 Lisette aged 14 and her mother and 2 brothers joined Blumenfeld in Paris. Lisette spent her first year in Paris cutting classes of 8th grade to watch movies at the cinema across the street “Le Pagode” then dropped out of school all together to become model and assistant to her father at his studio at 9, rue Delambre and frequenting “le Dome’ where she saw Picasso, Matisse, Rouaoult, Kertesz and th