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Aristide Maillol inspectant "La Montagne" à Marly-le-Roi

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Marly (This photograph was taken at the studio of sculptor and ceramicist Jean van Dongen, who was Maillol's assistant, in Marly-le-Roi, photographed)

  • Date:

    1936 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brassaï Guyula Hálasz, born 1899 - died 1984 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Gilberte Boyer Brassaï

  • Museum number:

    E.893-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 913, box O

Hungarian born Brassaï moved from Berlin to Paris in 1924, where he remained for the rest of his life. There, he became acquainted with many artists of the day, including Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. Brassaï is most well-known for his images of Parisian life, depicting brothels, prostitutes, city streets, architecture and high society alike. However, he also photographed his artist friends, often in their studios or with their work. Here, French sculptor Aristide Maillol is depicted alongside his sculpture 'La Montagne'. This lead sculpture has been situated in Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, since 1964, which was also the location for a number of Brassaï's photographs from the 1930s. This photograph was taken in Marly-le-Roi, a suburb to the west of Paris, in the studio of Jean van Dongen, a sculptor and ceramicist who was also Maillol's assistant. These images provide a rare insight into the habits and practice of these twentieth century masters, whose doors were not always open to this kind of personal documentation.

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting a bearded man wearing a cap inspecting a very large sculpture of a female nude. She sits on her right leg with her left leg bent at the knee, and her left hand shielding her face. A coat hangs on a coat rack in the background.

Place of Origin

Marly (This photograph was taken at the studio of sculptor and ceramicist Jean van Dongen, who was Maillol's assistant, in Marly-le-Roi, photographed)

Date

1936 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Brassaï Guyula Hálasz, born 1899 - died 1984 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Top centre, pencil: '23x30 A.42'
Top centre, pencil: 'Page 115' [encircled]
Top right, pencil: 'A 42 V'
Top right, pencil: '20 C' [encircled]
Centre right, pencil: 'Maillol, / Marly-le-Roi / 1936'
Centre, stamped in purple ink: '© copyright by / BRASSAÏ / 81, Faubourg St-Jacques / PARIS-XIVe Tél. 707.23.41'
Centre, stamped in purple ink [faded]: 'BRASSAÏ / 81, RUE DU FAUBg St JACQUES / PARIS-XIVe PORt-ROYAL 23-41'
Centre right, blue ink: '21 déc. 1936 / à Marly-le-Roi'
Centre right, pencil: ' "La Montagne" '
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'

Dimensions

Width: 20.7 cm image, Height: 29.9 cm image

Object history note

This object came to the museum as part of a bequest of 99 photographs by Brassaï from his widow, Madame Gilberte Boyer.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Brassaï, 'Aristide Maillol inspectant "La Montagne" à Marly-le-Roi' [Aristide Maillol inspecting "The Mountain" in Marly-le-Roi], 1936, gelatin silver print

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alain Sayag and Annick Lionel-Marie, Brassaï: No Ordinary Eyes, London: Thames & Hudson (2000), p166 - slightly different version of the image

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Female nude; Artist's studio; Sculpture; Nudes

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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