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Willy Ronis

Le Nu Provençal, 1969

Gelatin silver
12 3/8 × 10 1/8 in
31.4 × 25.7 cm
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Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat; there do not appear to be any …

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Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat; there do not appear to be any major visible condition issues.

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Signed in ink in margin recto; titled and dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp on verso.
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Willy Ronis
French, 1910–2009
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Claiming interest in “ordinary people with ordinary lives,” Willy Ronis was among the foremost postwar French photographers, who spent his career roaming the Parisian streets capturing people in love, at work, and at play in lyrical black-and-white images. Like his colleagues Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï, he was a central figure in the “humanist photography” movement, celebrating the poetry in the everyday in warm, witty images. “I have never sought out the extraordinary or the scoop,” he once said. “The beauty of the ordinary was always the source of my greatest emotions.” Ronis honed his sense of proportion and composition working in his parents’ photography studio. He holds the distinction of being the first French staff photographer for LIFE Magazine, and his work was included in Edward Steichen’s seminal “Five French Photographers” (1951) and “The Family of Man” (1955) exhibitions.

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About the work
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Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat; there do not appear to be any …

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Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat; there do not appear to be any major visible condition issues.

Signature
Signed in ink in margin recto; titled and dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp on verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Willy Ronis
French, 1910–2009
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Claiming interest in “ordinary people with ordinary lives,” Willy Ronis was among the foremost postwar French photographers, who spent his career roaming the Parisian streets capturing people in love, at work, and at play in lyrical black-and-white images. Like his colleagues Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï, he was a central figure in the “humanist photography” movement, celebrating the poetry in the everyday in warm, witty images. “I have never sought out the extraordinary or the scoop,” he once said. “The beauty of the ordinary was always the source of my greatest emotions.” Ronis honed his sense of proportion and composition working in his parents’ photography studio. He holds the distinction of being the first French staff photographer for LIFE Magazine, and his work was included in Edward Steichen’s seminal “Five French Photographers” (1951) and “The Family of Man” (1955) exhibitions.

Willy Ronis

Le Nu Provençal, 1969

Gelatin silver
12 3/8 × 10 1/8 in
31.4 × 25.7 cm
Bidding closed
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