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    Sale 2106


    14 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 275

    BRASSAÏ (1899-1984)

    Un Voyou à Contre-jour, 1931

    Price Realised  


    BRASSAÏ (1899-1984)
    Un Voyou à Contre-jour, 1931
    gelatin silver print, printed late 1930s
    numbered 'Pl.158' in pencil, various annotations in pencil/ink and copyright credit stamp (on the verso)
    11¼ x 8¾in. (28.6 x 22.3cm.)

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    Brassaï noted that the face of a hoodlum cut off by the edge of the frame of one of his glass-plate negatives (see fig. for Lot 276) looked like he was peering around the edge of a wall. He isolated those two figures and printed an expanse of exposed paper at the right in order to appear to be a wall in shadow (see fig.). For the present lot Brassaï placed a man in a similar pose next to a real wall.


    From Mme. Gilberte Brassaï;
    to the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text



    'Crimes et châtiments 1933,' Scandale, no. 6, January 1934, p. 330, for a variant cropping