Gustave Singier

Photograph
1953 (photographed)
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin silver print
Brief Description
Photograph by Brassaï, 'Gustave Singier', Paris, 1953, gelatin silver print
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.
Dimensions
  • Image width: 23cm (Note: image and paper size are the same)
  • Image height: 30cm (Note: image and paper size are the same)
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
Verso: 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'
Credit line
Bequest of Gilberte Boyer Brassaï
Object history
This object came to the museum as part of a bequest of 99 photographs by Brassaï from his widow, Madame Gilberte Boyer.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.897-2014

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