Brassaï, ‘Un Fort des Halles (Market Porter, Les Halles)’, 1939-printed no later than 1953, Phillips

Signature: Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. Photography Department Permanent Collection' stamp, credited, titled and annotated in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Photographs from the Museum Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 26 November 1958– 18 January 1959
The Steichen Photography Center Reinstallation, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967

Brassaï, Camera in Paris, p. 76
Bulfinch Press, Brassaï: The Monograph, p. 253
Szarkowski, Brassaï, n.p.
The Museum of Modern Art, Brassaï, p. 34

Rapho-Guillumette Pictures
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sotheby's, New York, Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, 23 April 1994, lot 246
Sotheby's, London, 14 November 2006, lot 59

About Brassaï

Whether a couple embracing in a seedy nightclub, a prostitute flaunting herself under a streetlight, or a huddle of petty criminals under an otherwise abandoned bridge, Brassaï found poetry in the derelict. “The thing that is magnificent about photography is that it can produce images that incite emotion based on the subject matter alone,” he once said. Best known for photographing candid night-time scenes in the Montparnasse district of Paris—an area populated with artists, streetwalkers, petty criminals, and prostitutes (subjects that initially scandalized the public)—Brassaï was dubbed the “eye of Paris” by his friend, the American writer Henry Miller. Originally born Gyula Halász, he later acquired the pseudonym Brassaï after his Hungarian hometown Brassó and made an international name for himself with books such as Paris de nuit (Paris After Dark) (1933) and Voluptés de Paris (Pleasures of Paris) (1935), in which he captured both the seedier sides of the French capital and its high society. “There are many similarities between what we call the 'underworld' and the 'fashionable world,” he said. Over the course of his career he photographed many of his artist friends including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Alberto Giacometti, as well as prominent writers such as Jean Genet.

French, b. Hungary, 1899-1984, Brasov, Romania, based in Paris, France