Robert Frank - Photographs New York Monday, September 30, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Sotheby's New York, 8 April 2008, lot 259

  • Literature

    Tate Modern, Robert Frank: Story Lines, p. 130

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please reference the beginning of the afternoon session (lot 140) for an essay on this collection.

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Frank

    Swiss • 1924

    As one of the leading visionaries of mid-century American photography, Robert Frank has created an indelible body of work, rich in insight and poignant in foresight. In his famed series The Americans, Frank travelled the United States, capturing the parade of characters, hierarchies and imbalances that conveyed his view of the great American social landscape.

    Frank broke the mold of what was considered successful documentary photography with his "snapshot aesthetic." It is Frank's portrayal of the United States through grit and grain that once brought his work to the apex of criticism, but has now come to define the art of documentary photography.

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From the bus

Gelatin silver print, probably printed 1960s or early 1970s.
9 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (23.2 x 34.3 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin; copyright stamp on the verso.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $102,500

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013