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  • Literature

    Borhan, André Kertész: His Life and Work, pp. 27, 83, 102, 108, 145, 155, 163, 174-175, 181 and 219
    Ducrot, André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, pp. 70, 75, 78, 79, 116, 117, 119 and 138
    Greenough, Gurbo and Kennel, André Kertész, pls. 38, 47, 51-52, 64, 69 and 80
    Harry N. Abrams, Inc., André Kertész: A Lifetime of Perception, cover and pp. 65, 71, 109 147, 167, 173, 201, 206 and 243
    Rizzoli Press, Visions and Images: American Photographers on Photography, p. 89

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1982, André Kertész released a self-titled portfolio including ten of his most iconic photographs taken during his prolific time in Paris throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Following an early career in his native Hungary, Kertész moved to Paris in 1925 and it was there where he honed his Modernist aesthetic. FromChez MondriantoMelancholic Tulip;Stairs of MontmartretoDistortion #40, these works helped establish Kertész’s reputation as an early leader in the field of fine art photography and marked the beginning of a remarkable career that would last nearly seventy years.

    Titles include:Chez Mondrian, Paris, 1926;Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1929;Distortion No. 40, Paris, 1933;Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926;Stairs of Montmartre, Paris, 1925;Glasses and Pipe, Paris, 1926;Fork, Paris, 1928;Melancholic Tulip, New York, 1939;Carrefour, Blois, 1930;Colette, Paris, 1930

    Lots 101 through 135 feature Property of a Chicago Collector. Offering a wide historical range from the classic to the contemporary, these 35 lots touch upon defining moments across 100 years of photography, including some of the most revered names in the field, from Eugène Atget to Vik Muniz. Other photographers in the selection whose indelible contributions to the field continue to resonate include André Kertész, Lewis Hine, Maurice Tabard, Louis Faurer and Dorothea Lange, thereby also demonstrating the geographic breadth of the collection. Additionally, with a particular emphasis on the era between the wars, this selection also reflects the incredible diversity in genres—from landscapes to street photography and appropriation—within the field of photographs. Collectively, the works pay homage to the medium while also hinting at the many exciting, endless permutations laying ahead.



André Kertész

New York: Susan Harder and Orminda Corporation, 1982. Ten gelatin silver prints.
Each 4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 8.3 cm) or the reverse
Each signed in pencil on the mount; publisher's stamp and edition 'AP VI/X' in pencil on the reverse of the mount. Each with individual sleeve. Plate list. Colophon. Enclosed in a paper folio. One from an edition of 50 plus 10 artist's proofs.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $43,750

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2 October 2012
New York