André Kertész, ‘Chez Mondrian’, 1926-printed later, Phillips

Signature: Signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso.

Borhan, André Kertész: His Life and Work, p. 155
Ducrot, André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, p. 119
Greenough, André Kertész, pl. 50
Phillips, Travis and Naef, André Kertész: Of Paris and New York, p. 136
Bulfinch Press, On the Art of Fixing A Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography, pl. 240
High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 124

Collection of Jay and Laura Crouse
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 6 October 2005, lot 78

About André Kertész

An important influence on photography both as journalism and as art, André Kertész is known for the visual lyricism and humanism that characterized his practice. A Hungarian-born Frenchman, Kertész moved to New York in 1936, having spent 1925-1936 in Paris at the centre of the émigré art world, where he photographed fellow artists such as Brassaï, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Constantin Brancusi. It was not until 1964 that his work gained recognition in the U.S., when he was given a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art. Today he is best known for his series of Polaroid studies of Washington Square Park, as well as his distorted nudes of the 1930s, which take the radical angles and manipulation of light and shadow of his street scenes and apply them to the human body to obtain a similar de-familiarizing effect. “The moment always dictates in my work,” Kertész once said. “Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see ... I see a situation and I know that it's right.”

Hungarian, 1894-1985, Budapest, Hungary, based in New York, New York

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