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