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Le Corbusier

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1932 (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.900-2014

  • 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 Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French architect, urban planner, painter and designer, and a first generation member of the so-called International School of Architecture who is famous for his pioneering style of modern architecture. 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 portrait photograph of a man writing at a desk. Behind him is a bookshelf, laden with haphazardly placed books.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1932 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Top left, pencil: 'A.862'
Top centre, pencil: '21x28'
Top right, pencil: 'Architecture [underlined] 5A'
Top left, stamped in purple ink: 'BRASSAÏ / 981, RUE DU FAUBg St JACQUES / PARIS-XIVe PORt-ROYAL 23-41'
Top right, pencil: 'Le Corbusier, V / Paris, 7932, / ha[?]'
Centre, pencil: 'A.862'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'

Dimensions

Width: 21.2 cm image, Height: 28 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, 'Le Corbusier', 1932, gelatin silver print

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Writing; Artist's studio; Books

Categories

Photographs; Artist's studios; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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