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BRASSAÏ (1899-1984) Le Premier Client, c. 1931 5 gelatin silver prints, mounted on two sheets of notebook paper titled 'Le Premier Client' and each numbered '1-5' in succession (on the mount); Estate stamps (on the reverse of the mounts) images: varying sizes from 2 3/4 x 2in. (7 x 5cm.) to 2 x 1 1/2in. (5 x 3.8cm.) paper mount: each 8 1/2 x 6 1/2in. (21.5 x 16.5cm.)
Provenance
Estate of Madame Brassaï, Millon & Associés, Paris, October 2-3, 2006, lot 410
Literature
Brassaï, Camera in Paris, The Focal Press, 1949, p. 85, image at right; Brassaï, The Museum of Modern Art, 1968, p. 64, image at right, flopped; Paris le jour, Paris la nuit, Paris Musées, 1988, cat. no. 105, p. 55, image at right; Brassaï and Modiano, Paris Tendresse, Hoëbeke, 1990, p. 74, image at right; Sayag and Lionel-Marie, Brassaï: The Monograph, Little, Brown and Co., 2000, pp. 240-241, all five, image at right flopped; de Gouvion St.-Cyr, Brassaï: Pour l’amour de Paris, Flammarion, 2013, p. 34, image at right

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Lot Essay

The present lot is a spread from Brassaï’s unrealized project for a book of dozens of series consisting of two to eight images each. The proposed title was D’un instant à l’autre. These are the only pages known to be separated from the original maquette which was part of the Brassaï Estate.

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