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Pierre Soulages

  • 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 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. This photograph depicts Pierre Soulages, the French painter and sculptor famously known as the ‘painter of black’. 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 standing by a low table laden with painting equipment. His left hand is holding onto a wooden pole and his left leg is propped on the table.

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 centre, pencil: '22x29'
Top right, pencil: 'A 447Z+22'
Top centre, pencil: 'Soulages 1953 / à Paris'
Bottom left, stamped in black ink [faded]: 'BRASSAÏ POR.23-41 / 81, Fg St-Jacques. PARIS-14e'
Bottom centre, stamped in black ink [faded and filled in]: 'TIRAGE DE L'AUTEUR'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'
Author's print [tirage de l'auteur]


Width: 22.4 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, 'Pierre Soulages', Paris, 1953, gelatin silver print


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Artist's studio; Painter


Artist's studios; Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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