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Course landaise

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Basque (photographed)

  • Date:

    1949 (photographed)
    1950-64 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print mounted to wooden board

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Gilberte Boyer Brassaï

  • Museum number:

    E.910-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 large crowds surrounging a bullfight. The scene takes place in a leafy, tree-filled park with a church in the background. To the left, a man can be seen climbing up a tree.

Place of Origin

Basque (photographed)

Date

1949 (photographed)
1950-64 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print mounted to wooden board

Marks and inscriptions

Verso:
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: '© Succession Estate BRASSAÏ'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'
Bottom right, black ink on white masking tape: 'CO.668.[7 or Z?]+5 [underlined] (1949)'

Dimensions

Width: 40 cm image, Height: 49.9 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, 'Course landaise', Bayonne, 1949. Printed for exhibition 1950-64, gelatin silver print mounted on wooden board.

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

Anne Willkes Tucker, Brassaï: The Eye of Paris, Houston, TX: Museum of Fine Arts (1999), plate 132

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Subject; Church; Bull

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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