PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE THEODORE FRIED TRUST
André Kertész (1894-1985) and painter Theodore Fried's (1902-1980) long friendship lasted over half a century. In 1925, having arrived independently in Paris from their native Hungary, the two joined a group of gifted expatriate writers and artists, including Mondrian and Leger, who gathered regularly at the Café du Dôme to exchange ideas. Kertész and Fried soon assimilated these new influences and also began to trade work. Kertész, for example, gave Fried two of the series of innovative female nude distortions he had created with the aid of a funhouse mirror (lot 206).
Kertész and Fried's association and exchange of work resumed after their emigration to New York in the turbulent years of the mid 1930s and early 1940s and continued until Fried's death in 1980. Kertész produced a number of photographs taken in Fried's West 23rd Street studio (lots 212-214) and sent the painter's family Christmas cards of his prints, often signed Erzi and Bandi (his and Elizabeth Kertész's nicknames) and decorated with a golden star as an indication of his affection (lots 204-205, 207-210).
The Theodore Fried Trust was established in 1980 to provide funds for his family's education and to increase public awareness of Fried's work.