Robert Frank, ‘Chicago’, 1956-printed circa 1977, Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink in the margin; 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art' circular collection stamp on the verso.

The Americans, no. 79
Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, pp. 305, 482, contact no. 79
Galassi, Robert Frank: In America, p. 152
Green, American Photography: A Critical History, 1945 to the Present, p. 89

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986
Sotheby's, New York, Important Photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Including Works from the Gilman Paper Company Collection, 15 February 2006, lot 106

About Robert Frank

One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is best known for his seminal book The Americans, featuring photographs taken by the artist in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. These photographs feature glimpses of highways, cars, parades, jukeboxes, and diners as iconic symbols of America while simultaneously suggesting an underlying sense of alienation and hardship. Frank’s loose, casual approach often generated blurred imagery and tilted horizons, causing his photographic style to be as controversial as his subject matter. In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking, creating classics of American subculture such as Pull My Daisy (1959).

American, b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland