Brassaï (Gyula Halász) - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips
  • The four Brassaï photographs offered here and in lots 65-67, 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

    • Exhibited

      Brassaï: The Eye of Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 6 December 1998 - 28 February 1999; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 13 April - 3 July 1999; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 17 October 1999 - 16 January 2000

    • Literature

      Thames & Hudson, Brassaï: The Secret Paris of the 30's, n.p.
      Millon and Associés, Brassaï, 1899-1984, pl. 698
      Little, Brown, Brassaï: The Monograph, p. 90

Photographs from a Prominent New York Collection


Young couple wearing a two-in-one suit at the Bal de la Montagne Sainte-Genevièv

circa 1931
Gelatin silver print, probably printed 1950s or 1960s.
11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm)
Signed in pencil, two '81, Rue Faubourge St-Jacques' copyright credit stamps, a 'tirage de l'auteur' stamp, and notations in unidentified hands in ink on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $7,620

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New York Auction 11 October 2023