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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 8

    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)

    Paul Arma's Hands, 1928

    Price Realised  


    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)
    Paul Arma's Hands, 1928
    gelatin silver print
    6 3/8 x 6 7/8in. (16.2 x 17.6cm.)

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    Only three other vintage prints of Paul Arma's Hands are known. Two have been located in the following institutions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, holds one on carte postale, exhibited in Of Paris and New York, 1985; and the Julien Levy Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago holds a print, similar in size to the present lot, but cropped tightly at left, eliminating the cuff. A third print, in a similar size but mounted on facsimile vellum, was sold at Christie's New York, Twenty Years: Celebrating Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zürich, in October 1999.

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    As lot 1.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Cutting down from a larger image was Kertész's way of purifying and abstracting the subject without interfering with the integrity of the photographic medium.

    SANDRA PHILLIPS from Of Paris and New York


    Gallotti, 'La Photographie est-elle un art? -- Kertész', L'Art vivant, No.5, 1 March 1929, p.208 (fig.1); Edwards, 'A Note or Two on Music', The Argus, March 1929, p.12; Photographie, 1930, p.48; 'Lectures', Art et Médecine, No.4, January 1931, p.38; Phillips, Photographic Work of Kertész in France, CUNY, 1985, no.1928.6; Phillips et al., André Kertész: Of Paris and New York, Thames & Hudson, 1985, p.156, no.60; Borhan (ed.) André Kertész: Ma France, La Manufacture, 1990, p.122; Borhan (ed.), André Kertész: His Life and Work, Little, Brown & Co., 1994, p.151; André Kertész: Photographien 1925-1936, Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, pl.46.