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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)

    Shadows of the Eiffel Tower, before May 1929

    Price Realised  


    ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985)
    Shadows of the Eiffel Tower, before May 1929
    gelatin silver print
    credit stamp [Paris 3], numbered 'III' in unknown hand in pencil on verso
    7 x 9 3/8in. (17.9 x 23.8cm.)

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    Only four to five other vintage prints of Shadows of the Eiffel Tower are known. Three prints, all enlargements similar in size to the present lot, have been published and are held in the following institutions: one print close to full frame (as present lot) and exhibited in Of Paris and New York, 1985, is in the Julien Levy Collection, Art Institute of Chicago; another print, exhibited in The New Vision, 1989, is in the Ford Motor Company Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the final print, exhibited in the 2005 retrospective, is at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The last two examples have the same cropping, eliminating the stairs at left and the three shadows at bottom.

    Shadows of the Eiffel Tower was part of a series made on assignment to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, first published in May 1929. Kertész worked with his friend Brassaï, fellow Hungarian émigré and photographer, who supplied the text to both the German and French publications.

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    As lot 1.

    Pre-Lot Text


    I like high shots. If you are on the same level you lose many things.

    From Kertész on Kertész


    This image is reproduced with cropping variations in the following publications: Brassaï, '40 Jahre Eiffelturm', Münchner Illustrierte Presse, No.19, 12 May 1929, p.637 (fig.1); Jean d'Erleich [Brassaï], 'La Tour à quarante ans', Vu, No.63, 29 May 1929, p.433; Art et Médecine, October 1931, frontispiece; Kertész, Paris vu par André Kertész, Librairie Plon, 1934, n.p.; Coronet 4, no.4, August 1938, p.117; Ducrot (ed.), André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, 1912-1972, Grossman, 1972, p.137; Kertész, J'aime Paris, Chêne, 1974, p.207; Corkin (ed.), André Kertész: A Lifetime of Photography, Thames & Hudson, 1982, p.71; André Kertész: The Manchester Collection, 1984, p.64, no.84; Phillips, Photographic Work of Kertész in France, CUNY, 1985, no.1929.141; Phillips et al., André Kertész: Of Paris and New York, Thames & Hudson, 1985, p.170, no.82; Hambourg & Phillips, The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams, 1989, pl.10; Borhan (ed.) André Kertész: Ma France, La Manufacture, 1990, p .137; André Kertész, Aperture Masters of Photography, Aperture, 1993, p.45; In Focus: André Kertész, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994, p.60, pl.29; Borhan (ed.), André Kertész: His Life and Work, Little, Brown & Co., 1994, p.108; André Kertész: Photographien 1925-1936, Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, pl.59; Greenough et al., André Kertész, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC/Princeton University, 2005, pl.64; Photofile: André Kertész, Thames & Hudson, 2007, pl.40.