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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 5 May 1988, lot 388
    Phillips de Pury & Company New York, Collection of Corbeau et Renard assembled by Gerd Sander, 9 April 2008, lot 266

  • Literature

    Thomas, Lisette Model, pl. 15
    Corbeau & Renard, La trajectoire du regard, p. 238

  • Catalogue Essay

    The beggar depicted here, known as the 'gondolier' for the walking staff he carried with him, was immortalized in portraits by both Model and André Kertész in the 1930s. The unusual newspaper mount was cleverly used by Model to demonstrate to newspaper editors her work in context as a tactic to sell them her images. Other examples of this rare mounting process are in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Canada.

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

198

Beggar, Paris

1937
Gelatin silver print, mounted to newspaper.
11 1/4 x 9 in. (28.6 x 22.9 cm)

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 4 April 2016