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    Sale 2106

    Photographs

    14 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

    CLAUDE CAHUN (1894-1954)

    Self Portrait, c. 1927

    Price Realised  

    CLAUDE CAHUN (1894-1954)
    Self Portrait, c. 1927
    gelatin silver print
    9 5/8 x 7 5/8in. (24.5 x 19.3cm.)


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    The androgynous poet Claude Cahun, who was linked to the Surrealist movement, made this self-portrait with her face against a mirror to suggest the duality of her nature. She cropped the picture tighter for the enlargement she made for use in a window display (see figs.) to promote her 1930 book, Aveux non avenus. Most of Cahun's photographs exist only as contact prints, thus the present enlargement print is extremely rare.

    Provenance

    From the artist;
    by bequest to the present owner


    Literature

    Leperlier, ed., Claude Cahun: Photographe, Paris Musées Jean-Michel Place, 1995, cat. no. 46, pp. 47, 141; Ander and Snauwaert, eds., Claude Cahun: Bilder, Schirmer/Mosel, 1997, cat. no. 46, pp. 29-117 and front cover; Downie, ed., Don't Kiss Me: The Art of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Aperture Jersey Heritage Trust, 2006, pp. 54, 120-121, variant croppings