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Gustave Singier

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1953 (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:


  • 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. However, he also photographed his artist friends, often in their studios or with their work. Here, he depicted Gustave Singier, the Belgain non-figurative painter who lived and worked in Paris from the 1930s until his death in 1984. 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 man wearing a checked jacket and holding a pipe in his left hand. He is standing in front of an easel and mural-like artwork can be seen on the wall behind him.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1953 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Top, pencil: 'X / notre choisi par [?] pour [?] line'
Top right, pencil: '22x30'
Top right, pencil: A.447Z+34'
Top right, pencil: '5YA' [encircled]
Top right, pencil: 'Singier / Paris, 1953'
Centre, stamped in purple ink: 'BRASSAÏ / 81, RUE DU FAUBg St JACQUES / PARIS-XIVe PORt-TOYAL 23-41'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'
'Our choice for [...?]' [notre choisi par [?] pour [?] line'


Width: 23 cm image, Height: 30 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, 'Gustave Singier', Paris, 1953, gelatin silver print


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Painting; Subject; Artist's studio; Painter; Easel


Photographs; Artist's studios; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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