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    Sale 7434


    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    HELEN LEVITT (b.1918)

    New York, c.1942

    Price Realised  


    HELEN LEVITT (b.1918)
    New York, c.1942
    gelatin silver print
    signed twice, titled 'N.Y.' and dated in pencil/ink on reverse of mount
    6 7/8 x 9¼in. (17.5 x 23.3cm.)

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    1 Quoted in 'Connoisseurs & Collectors', Aperture, no.124, summer, 1991.

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    From the artist;
    with Laurence Miller Gallery, New York;
    to the Thomas Walther Collection, 1987;
    Christie's, New York, 5 April 1995, lot 38;
    with Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York;
    acquired by present owner.

    This rare vintage print of Levitt's iconic image was part of a selection of works from the Thomas Walther Collection which was sold at Christie's in 1995. Mr Walther's enduring passion for those images which he deems 'an affirmation of life through the more or less unusual grasp of the moment'1 led him to re-acquire this print from Howard Greenberg Gallery.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Helen Levitt's clear-eyed view of children's street life is sympathetic and brutally honest. She takes children on their own terms and sees the extraordinary paradox of their lives, watching them duck and dive between total fantasy and hard reality.

    MAURICE SENDAK, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are (1963)


    Levitt, A Way of Seeing, Duke University, 1989, pl.7; Hambourg & Phillips, The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989, pl.28, there titled 'Three Kids on a Stoop' and dated '1940'; Frizot (ed.), The New History of Photography, Könemann, 1998, p.648, there dated '1939'; Westerbeck & Meyerowitz, Bystander: A History of Street Photography, Little, Brown & Co., 2001, p.265; 1000 Photo Icons: George Eastman House, Taschen, 2002, p.616.