Brassaï (Gyula Halász) - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips
  • The four Brassaï photographs offered here and in lots 65, 67 and 68, all originate from the private collection of Madame Brassaï, the photographer's widow, and were acquired from Edwynn Houk Gallery in 1993. Each captures often-taboo scenes of Parisian nightlife, a subject Brassaï joyfully immersed himself in via 'trickery and diplomacy' throughout the 1930s, after emigrating there from his native Hungary in 1924.

    • Provenance

      Private Collection of Madame Brassaï, Paris
      Houk Friedman Gallery, New York, 1993

    • Literature

      Thames & Hudson, Brassaï: The Secret Paris of the 30's, n.p.
      Little, Brown, Brassaï: The Monograph, p. 78
      Millon and Associés, Brassaï, 1899-1984, pl. 602

Photographs from a Prominent New York Collection


Prostitutes in a Bar, Boulevard Rochechouart, Montmartre

Gelatin silver print.
9 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (23.8 x 17.5 cm)
Signed in pencil and with three '81, Rue du Faubourg St-Jacques' copyright credit stamps on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $15,240

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023