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    Sale 7722

    Photographs

    1 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 96

    CLAUDE CAHUN (1894-1954)

    Self-portrait, c.1912

    Price Realised  

    CLAUDE CAHUN (1894-1954)
    Self-portrait, c.1912
    gelatin silver print
    7 1/8 x 5 1/8in. (18 x 13cm.)


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    Only one other print of this image is known, held in the Collection Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes.

    According to the catalogue raisonné complied by François Leperlier, the present lot is the artist's earliest recorded self-portrait. Taken c.1912, before she assumed the pseudonym Claude Cahun in 1917, the teenage Surrealist reveals the beginnings of her exploration of identity and self. She would go on to develop these themes over the course of her career as a writer and photographer.

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    Literature

    Leperlier (ed.), Claude Cahun Photographe, Jean-Michel Place, 1995, pp.80, 138, no.1.