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André Kertész (Hungarian/American, 1894-1985) Distortion 166, Paris

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2977BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 27, 2017 12:00PM


André Kertész (Hungarian/American, 1894-1985)

Distortion 166, Paris, 1933, printed 1950s. Titled, inscribed, dated, and signed "...Paris...A Kertész" in pencil on the verso. Gelatin silver print, image size 9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. (24.5 x 17.2 cm),matted, unframed.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: A private New York collection.

N.B. After his move from Budapest to Paris in 1925, André Kertész spent a decade photographing unusual juxtapositions and scenes found wandering the city's streets. He also experimented with optical distortions. In 1933 he was commissioned to create a series of nudes for the French satirical magazine Le Sourire. Using mirrors and a camera fitted with a special lens, he created some 200 images of female forms--some identifiable, others beyond recognition--that float between representation and abstraction. While not an active participant in the Surrealist movement, Kertész's disquieting nude distortions are infused with its tenets.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Sheet measures 10 x 8 in. (25.5 x 20.4 cm). The paper does not flouresce under UV light.

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Budapest, Paris