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Henri Matisse dans son atelier

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1939 (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.896-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

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. This photograph depicts the famous Post-Impressionist painter Henri Matisse at work in his studio, drawing a plant from life. 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 of a man with white hair and a white beard, wearing glasses and white overalls over checked dark trousers. He is seated in front of a leafy plant, which he is drawing in a pad on his lap.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1939 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Top centre, pencil: 23x30 A.291'
Centre, pencil: '50 x 60'
Bottom centre, stamped in purple ink: '© COPYRIGHT by BRASSAÏ / 81, Faubourg St-Jacques / PARIS 14eme Tél. 707.23.41'
Bottom right, stamped in purple ink: '© COPYRIGHT by BRASSAÏ / 81, Faubourg St-Jacques / PARIS 14eme Tél. 707.23.41'
Bottom, black ink: 'Matisse dans son atelier 1939 / A.291.'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'

Dimensions

Width: 23.5 cm image, Height: 30.3 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 Matisse dans son atelier' [Henri Matisse in his studio], Paris, 1939, gelatin silver print

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Artist's studio; Artist; Drawing; Painter

Categories

Photographs; Artist's studios

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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