Robert Frank - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lunn Galleries, Washington, D.C.
    John C. Waddell, New York
    Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987
    Sotheby's, New York, Important Photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including Works from the Gilman Paper Company Collection, 15 February 2006, lot 105

  • Exhibited

    Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February-April 1986; Cleveland Museum of Art, July–August 1986; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, April–June 1987; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, July–September 1987; Berkeley University Art Museum, October–December 1987
    Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 1990–March 1991
    Selections from the Collection (IX), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June–August 1995

  • 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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Gelatin silver print, probably printed before 1960.
9 7/8 x 13 1/2 in. (25.1 x 34.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated in ink, 'Robert Frank Archive' and copyright stamps on the verso.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $40,000

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New York Auction 1 October 2019