Clochard and Posters, Paris

On the Boulevards, Paris, 1926–29
Wall of Posters, 1926

about 1930
André Kertész (American (born in Hungary), 1894–1985)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 23.6 x 17.9 cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.143

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Andrê Kertész arrived in Paris from Hungary in 1925, hoping to find work in an established studio or with one of the new photographically illustrated magazines. When he was not on commission, Kertész took to walking the streets of Paris, in all different seasons and at all times of day, as a way to discover the distinctive poetry of the city seen through the camera lens. Recorded as if by the glance of a casual observer, this street scene contrasts the elegant curves and repeating shapes of the figures in the posters with the dark, hunched form of the homeless clochard standing on the sidewalk.

Inscription

Mat of the Julien Levy Gallery, New York (stamped on back) and $20 price in pencil on front.
Verso stamp center: REPRODUCTION RESERVÉE/EN CAS DE REPRODUCTION/LA SIGNATURE EST OBLIGATOIRE
Verso stamp center: André KERTÉSZ/ 75, Bould Montparnasse/Paris 6e

Provenance

Simon Lowinsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA; purchased May 1981.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures