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WEEGEE (1899–1968)

The Critic, 1943

WEEGEE (1899–1968)
The Critic, 1943
ferrotyped gelatin silver print, printed late 1950s–1960s
stamped photographer's '451 West 47th Street' credit (verso)
image: 10 1/8 x 13 in. (25.7 x 33 cm.)
sheet: 11 1/8 x 14 in. (28.2 x 35.5 cm.)
Swann Galleries, New York, November 5, 1981, lot 392;
acquired from the above sale by the present owner.
Beaumont Newhall, The History of Photography from 1839 to the present day, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1964, p. 183 (variant).
Weegee, Naked City, Da Capo Press, New York, 1973, pp. 130–131 (variant).
Weegee, 'The Aperture History of Photographs Series', Aperture, New York, 1978, cover (variant).
Exhibition catalogue, The Art of Photography 18391989, The Royal Academy of the Arts, London, 1989, pl. 315.
Miles Barth (ed.), Weegee’s World, International Center of Photography/Little, Brown and Company, Boston, New York, Toronto, London, 1997, p. 27.
Judith Keller et al., Weegee: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2005, p. 53.
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Lot Essay

One of Weegee's most famous images, The Critic documents high society arriving at the opera house on opening night of the Metropolitan Opera in 1943, amidst a group of people presumably waiting in line for standing room as well as a disheveled onlooker. When the image was first reproduced in Life magazine, the 'plain people' to the left were eliminated, while in the present work, we see the photographer's full, uncropped view.

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