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Henri Laurens and 'La Grande Musicienne'

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1946 (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.894-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

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. But, he also photographed his artist friends, often in their studios or with their work. This photograph shows French sculptor Henri Laurens with his work 'La Grande Musicienne'. This photograph was taken in 1946, almost a decade after the sculpture was made in 1937.

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting a man in an artist's studio (presumably his), standing by a large sculpture on a heavy-looking pedestal. In the foreground, there are buckets on a wooden table and stool.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1946 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Top centre, pencil: '19x30'
Top right, pencil: 'V A107'
Top centre, pencil: ' "La Grande Musicienne (1937)'
Centre, pencil: '1946'
Centre, pencil: 'H. Laurens'
Centre, stamped in black ink: 'BRASSAÏ / 81, Rue du Faub.-St-Jacques / PARIS-XIVe - PORt-Royal 23-41'
Centre, stamped in black ink: 'INTERDICTION DE REPRODUIRE / SANS AUTORISATION DE L'AUTEUR'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'
Reproduction forbidden without permission from the author [inderdiction de reproduire sans autorisation de l'auteur]

Dimensions

Width: 19 cm image, Height: 29.6 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, 'Henri Laurens and "La Grande Musicienne" [The Big Musician]', Paris, 1946, gelatin silver print

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Studio; Sculpture; Sculptor

Categories

Photographs; Sculpture; Artist's studios

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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