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ANDRE KERTESZ Fish classic Architecture NYC 1963

Lot 3073 Details

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ANDRE KERTESZ. Fish Sign, New York City, NY, midcentury. 9.25x7.75" gelatin silver print on 10x8" paper. Printed c. 1963. Signed and inscribed in grey pencil on verso: 6611 / Sh 4 5 / New York / 4-19-63 / 28 / A; artist stamp in black ink.

A classic architectural detail of the modernist master Andre Kertesz.

Born in Budapest, Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) received his bachelor's degree from the Hungarian Academy of Commerce in 1912, after which he found a job as a clerk at the Budapest Stock Exchange. The work provided him with the resources to purchase his first camera; he brought it with him when, in 1914, he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army. The photographs he made during the war represent the beginnings of his formation as a serious artist. Unlike other war photographs, Kertesz's concerned themselves with the lives of soldiers away from the fighting. Part of Kertesz's genius was his ability to cast attention on images seemingly "unimportant." These subtle images of the moments of joy and contemplation away from the front were a revolutionary use of the newly invented hand-held camera.

In 1925 he made the fateful decision to move to Paris, where he worked as a freelance photographer. Within a short time, he met and made portraits of some of the great artists living in Paris, including Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Sergei Eisenstein, and Tristan Tzara. By 1927, Kertesz's scenes of the streets of Paris were beginning to attract a great deal of attention, and he had his first show at an avant-garde gallery. Throughout the 1930s he remained in Paris studying the people and their inhabitation of the streets, and the play of light and shadow that so dramatically filled the urban landscape.

In 1936, after the death of his mother and his marriage to Elizabeth Saly, he moved to New York, where he had been engaged by the Keyston Agency for a year. Unable to return to Paris due to the progress of the war and treated like an enemy by the government (which prevented him from publishing for several years), Kertesz was caught in tragic uncompromising circumstances. When the war ended Kertesz had lost the momentum of a supportive artistic community but continued to live in the States due to health and familial considerations.

For nearly twenty years his gifts remained relatively unrecognized in New York. It was not until 1964, when John Szarkowski, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, organized a one man show that Kertesz's career was reawakened. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Kertesz was shown regularly at the major international museums -- having one-man shows in Paris, Tokyo, London, Stockholm, Budapest and Helsinki. In 1983 the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor.
Condition
Very good. Minor scratches on print surface throughout.
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Lot 3073 Details

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ANDRE KERTESZ. Fish Sign, New York City, NY, midcentury. 9.25x7.75" gelatin silver print on 10x8" paper. Printed c. 1963. Signed and inscribed in grey pencil on verso: 6611 / Sh 4 5 / New York / 4-19-63 / 28 / A; artist stamp in black ink.

A classic architectural detail of the modernist master Andre Kertesz.

Born in Budapest, Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) received his bachelor's degree from the Hungarian Academy of Commerce in 1912, after which he found a job as a clerk at the Budapest Stock Exchange. The work provided him with the resources to purchase his first camera; he brought it with him when, in 1914, he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army. The photographs he made during the war represent the beginnings of his formation as a serious artist. Unlike other war photographs, Kertesz's concerned themselves with the lives of soldiers away from the fighting. Part of Kertesz's genius was his ability to cast attention on images seemingly "unimportant." These subtle images of the moments of joy and contemplation away from the front were a revolutionary use of the newly invented hand-held camera.

In 1925 he made the fateful decision to move to Paris, where he worked as a freelance photographer. Within a short time, he met and made portraits of some of the great artists living in Paris, including Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Sergei Eisenstein, and Tristan Tzara. By 1927, Kertesz's scenes of the streets of Paris were beginning to attract a great deal of attention, and he had his first show at an avant-garde gallery. Throughout the 1930s he remained in Paris studying the people and their inhabitation of the streets, and the play of light and shadow that so dramatically filled the urban landscape.

In 1936, after the death of his mother and his marriage to Elizabeth Saly, he moved to New York, where he had been engaged by the Keyston Agency for a year. Unable to return to Paris due to the progress of the war and treated like an enemy by the government (which prevented him from publishing for several years), Kertesz was caught in tragic uncompromising circumstances. When the war ended Kertesz had lost the momentum of a supportive artistic community but continued to live in the States due to health and familial considerations.

For nearly twenty years his gifts remained relatively unrecognized in New York. It was not until 1964, when John Szarkowski, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, organized a one man show that Kertesz's career was reawakened. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Kertesz was shown regularly at the major international museums -- having one-man shows in Paris, Tokyo, London, Stockholm, Budapest and Helsinki. In 1983 the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor.
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Very good. Minor scratches on print surface throughout.

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