• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2206


    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 735

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

    Barcelona, 1950

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    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)
    Barcelona, 1950
    gelatin silver print
    signed, titled and dated in ink (in the margin)
    10 x 14in. (25.4 x 35.4cm.)

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    Robert Frank selected this photograph to begin the intriguing sequence of his early hand-made book, Black, White and Things in 1952. The bold graphic forms of the composition and the musical instruments are echoed later in The Americans, such as in 'Political Rally - Chicago' (see lot 734). This image has been included in every major exhibition and publication of Frank's work up to the present beginning with the 'Post War European Photography' exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1953.

    Frank evidently titled, dated and signed this vintage print some years after it was made as the correct title and date for the print is: 'Parade Valencia, 1952.' He apparently thought it was from his first trip to Spain.


    Sotheby's, New York, November 2, 1979, lot 420


    Frank, Black, White and Things, [Self-published], 1952, pl. 1, there titled 'Parade Valencia, 1952'; 'Robert Frank,' Aperture, vol. 9, no. 1, 1961, p. 19; Rotzler, 'Robert Frank,' Du, vol. 22, no. 1, January 1962, p. 2; Frank, The Lines of My Hand, Yugensha, 1972, p. 39; Frank, The Lines of My Hand, Lustrum Press, 1972, n.p.; Robert Frank, Aperture, 1976, p. 51; Greenough and Brookman, eds., Robert Frank: Moving Out, The National Gallery of Art, 1994, p. 87; Frank, Black, White and Things, The National Gallery of Art Scalo, 1994, pl. 1; Greenough, ed., Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, The National Gallery of Art Steidl, 2009, cat. no. 26, p. 83