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Dejeuner au bord de la Marne

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Marne (photographed)

  • Date:

    1937 (photographed)
    1937-1964 (printed)

  • 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.903-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

Brassaï was born in 1899 as Gyula Halász in the Transylvanian town of Brassó. He grew up in Budapest and spent the early 1920s in Berlin, training as a painter and working as a journalist. He moved to Paris in 1924, where he stayed until his death in 1984. He took up photography in Paris initially to support his written journalism, though he soon committed himself to a solely photographic practice. Brassaï is most well-known for his images of Parisian life, featuring brothels, prostitutes, city streets, architecture and high society alike. His first book, ‘Paris by Night’, was published in 1933 and established his reputation as a serious photographer.

Later in his career, Brassaï photographed other areas in France and abroad. This work feels less dramatic than his earlier Parisian images, but maintains a recognisable, formal aesthetic that he had, by this point, mastered.

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting six people (three women, two men and one girl) around a table, laden with bottles and food. There is a folding surface secured by chains to the left and crates on the floor. A river is visible in the background, nestled amongst green and leafy riverbanks.

Place of Origin

Marne (photographed)

Date

1937 (photographed)
1937-1964 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Centre, stamped in black ink: 'BRASSAÏ / 81, RUE DU FAUBg St-JACQUES / PARIS XIVe / TELEPH.: PORT-ROYAL 23-41'
Centre, blue ink: '(No.) DÉ.155'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'

Dimensions

Width: 39.6 cm image, Height: 29.5 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, 'Dejeuner au bord de la Marne' [Lunch on the banks of the Marne], 1936-7. Printed for exhibition pre-1964, gelatin silver print on thick cardboard.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alain Sayag and Annick Lionel-Marie, Brassaï: No Ordinary Eyes, London: Thames & Hudson (2000), p242

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

River; Picnic

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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