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Text page

  • Object:

    Text page

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)
    Vaucluse (Galerie Les Contards, Lacoste, published)

  • Date:

    1967 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printer's ink, paper, printed

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Gilberte Boyer Brassaï

  • Museum number:

    E.933:2-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

Brassaï made these images between 1934-5, inspired by a two-year collaboration with the artist Pablo Picasso. He launched an exploration into engraving techniques, and made these works by engraving directly onto photographic glass plates. This was a departure from the style of straight photography that he had employed in his work until this point. It was not unusual, particularly in the 1930s, for Brassaï to use angles and vantage points to create an abstracted composition, but physical intervention, such as is seen in this work, was new. It evokes the ideology of European artistic movements of the time, particularly Surrealism and Cubism, which Brassaï would have been exposed to during his time with Picasso. He experimented with obscuring the original images to varying degrees, with the results ranging from the representational to the entirely abstract. A selection of the work was published in portfolio form in 1967, along with an accompanying essay. The title ‘Transmutations’ makes reference to the mutation of the body as a consequence of the intervention on the photograph.

Physical description

White portfolio page folded in half on left edge. Typed text is present, in French, on the front page, the inner pages and the back page

Place of Origin

Paris (made)
Vaucluse (Galerie Les Contards, Lacoste, published)

Date

1967 (published)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

printer's ink, paper, printed

Dimensions

Width: 28.9 cm sheet, folded, Height: 38 cm sheet, folded, Width: 57.6 cm sheet, open, Height: 38 cm sheet, open

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

Text page from the portfolio 'Transmutations' by Brassaï, 1967.

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

Alain Sayag, Annick Lionel-Marie, Brassaï: No Ordinary Eyes, London: Thames & Hudson (2000), pp213-221

Materials

Paper

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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