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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 7

    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)

    Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926

    Price Realised  


    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)
    Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926
    gelatin silver print
    image: 6 5/8 x 4 5/8in. (16.8 x 11.8cm.); paper: 6 7/8 x 5in. (17.5 x 12.8cm.)

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    The present lot is the only known vintage enlargement of Satiric Dancer. Only three other vintage prints, all on carte postale, are known: one print, exhibited in Of Paris and New York, 1985, is from a Private Collection, New York; another print, exhibited in the 2005 retrospective, is from the Collection of Nicholas Pritzker; and a third print is in a Private Collection, Berlin.

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    As lot 1.

    Pre-Lot Text


    There was a Hungarian dancer. She was called Magda. This photo was taken in the studio of Etienne Beöthy, a friend of mine who was a sculptor. ...I said to her, 'Do something with "the spirit of the studio corner",' and she started to move on the sofa. She just made a movement. I took only two photographs. No need to shoot a hundred rolls like people do today. People in motion are wonderful to photograph. It means catching the right moment -- the moment when something changes into something else. It shows a kind of distortion similar to that in the photograph of the swimmer.

    From Kertész on Kertész


    This image is reproduced with cropping variations in the following publications: Ungar, 'Kleine Lügen, Dialog zwischen Ehelenten,' Die Dame, October 1927, p.2; Szarkowski, André Kertész, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1964, p.22; Fárová, André Kertész, Paragraphic, 1966, pl.28; Ducrot (ed.), André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, 1912-1972, Grossman, 1972, p.70 (fig.4); Corkin (ed.), André Kertész: A Lifetime of Photography, Thames & Hudson, 1982, p.243; André Kertész: The Manchester Collection, 1984, p.138, no.223 (fig.5); Phillips, Photographic Work of Kertész in France, CUNY, 1985, no.1926.16; Phillips et al., André Kertész: Of Paris and New York, Thames & Hudson, 1985, p.139, no.25; André Kertész: Photographe, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, 1987, p.58 (fig.6); Greenough et al., On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1989, p.299, no.242; Borhan (ed.) André Kertész: Ma France, La Manufacture, 1990, p.41; André Kertész, Aperture Masters of Photography, Aperture, 1993, p.75; Borhan (ed.), André Kertész: His Life and Work, Little, Brown & Co., 1994, p.145; Loengard, Celebrating the Negative, Arcade Publishing, 1994, front cover (negative); André Kertész: Photographien 1925-1936, Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, pl.31; Greenough et al., André Kertész, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC/Princeton University Press, 2005, pl.47; Photofile: André Kertész, Thames & Hudson, 2007, pl.21.