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Plato, 1919

Plato, 1919
gelatin silver print, mounted on card
embossed photographer's credit (recto/mount, recto); annotated 'H.P. Roché' in red ink (verso); annotated 'Roché personal' in pencil (mount, verso)
image/sheet: 8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (21.9 x 16.8 cm.)
mount: 15 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. (40.2 x 32.6 cm.)
Sotheby's, New York, October 21, 1981, lot 23;
acquired from the above sale by the present owner.
Pontus Hulten et al., Brancusi, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1986, p. 125.
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Lot Essay

Brâncuși's wood sculpture, Plato, remained in-tact as depicted in the present image until 1923. The artist then destroyed the body of the figure, and displayed the remaining portion laid on its side as a new work, titled Head. The 'H.P. Roché' inscription in red ink on the reverse of this print indicates that Henri-Pierre Roché, the prominent writer, art collector and adviser involved with the avant-garde and dada movements in Paris, may have once owned this photograph.

The sculpture, Head, resides in the collection of Tate Modern, London.

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