André Kertész, ‘Ripples, May 11, Rue Delambre, Paris, and Sixth Avenue, New York City, April 28’, 1913; 1928; 1959, Photography, Gelatin silver, circa 1950s, Heritage Auctions
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André Kertész

Ripples, May 11, Rue Delambre, Paris, and Sixth Avenue, New York City, April 28, 1913; 1928; 1959

Gelatin silver, circa 1950s
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PROVENANCE: The artist; Ben Lifson, gift from the above, 1984; Private collection.

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André Kertész
Hungarian, 1894–1985
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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.”

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PROVENANCE: The artist; Ben Lifson, gift from the above, 1984; Private collection.

Condition Report: Each is unmounted and unframed; the two larger prints appear to be in overall excellent condition; the smaller print (Ripples) has a crescent crease near the center top of the image, otherwise, in overall very good …

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One signed and dated in pencil on verso.
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
André Kertész
Hungarian, 1894–1985
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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.”

André Kertész

Ripples, May 11, Rue Delambre, Paris, and Sixth Avenue, New York City, April 28, 1913; 1928; 1959

Gelatin silver, circa 1950s
in
cm
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