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FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE (1879-1945)
A very private face in a private room. Cecil Beaton
FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE (1879-1945)

Experiment, from 'The Way', c. 1925

Details
FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE (1879-1945)
Experiment, from 'The Way', c. 1925
gelatin silver print
signed in ink (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
image/flush-mount: 13½ x 10 3/8in. (34.3 x 26.4cm.)
Literature
Enyeart, Bruguière: His Photographs and His Life, Alfred A. Knopf, 1977, pl. 27, p. 47; Modernist Masterworks to 1925 from 'the deLIGHTed eye', A Private Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, 1985, cover
Exhibited
Modernist Masterworks to 1925 from 'the deLIGHTed eye', A Private Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, May 15-June 16, 1985

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Lot Essay

This photograph, which dates from approximately 1925, was taken by Bruguière in New York during the last year he worked on his first experimental film, The Way. The image is both powerful, dramatic and macabre, with five overlapping views of the sitter's face wearing a frenzied expression filling the frame.
Conceived as a film about different psychic states, The Way was never completed because its principal actor Sebastian 'Baron' Droste died unexpectedly during filming. The extraordinary stills from the film, however, are now recognized as the first surrealist works by an American photographer, coinciding with the publication in France of André Breton's first Surrealist Manifesto.

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