Sotheby's London, 2 May 1996, Sale 6256, Lot 147
Sandra S. Phillips, David Travis, and Weston J. Naef, André Kertész: Of Paris and New York (The Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985), pp. 136 and 261
Sarah Greenough, Robert Gurbo, and Sarah Kennel, André Kertész (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2005), pl. 51
Michel Frizot and Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq, André Kertész (Paris: Jeu de Paume, 2010), p. 81
Nicolas Ducrot, ed., André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, 1912-1972 (New York, 1972), p. 116
André Kertész (Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, 1977), unpaginated
André Kertész: Diary of Light, 1912-1985 (Aperture and The International Center of Photography, 1986), pl. 71
A Stranger to Paris: Photographs by André Kertész, 1894-1985 (Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, 1992), p. 55
Pierre Borhan, André Kertész, His Life and Work (Boston, 1994), p. 174
David Travis, Photographs from the Julien Levy Collection, Starting with Atget (The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976), p. 81 and rear cover
Pierre Bonhomme, Patrimoine Photographique (Paris, 1999), p. 326
LIFE Library of Photography: The Great Themes (New York, 1970), p. 79
Manfred Heiting, et al., At the Still Point: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection, Volume II, Part 1 (Los Angeles and Amsterdam, 2000), p. 339
Nature Morte, Chez Mondrian, occupies an important place in Kertész's early exhibition history. It was shown in his famous one-man exhibition in 1927, at the Au Sacre du Printemps gallery; at the Galerie L'Epoque, Brussels, in 1928; in Essen, at the Fotographie der Gegenwart, 1929; and at the prestigious Film und Foto in Stuttgart that same year. Julien Levy may have included it in one of his pioneering exhibitions in New York in 1932 or 1937. Always recognized as an important work within the photographer's oeuvre, it became one of the first Kertész images to enter a museum collection when a print of it was purchased by the König Albert Museum in Zwickau after the Film und Foto show (cf. Of Paris and New York, entries for cat. nos. 21 and 63).
The print offered here was owned originally by the sculptor Etienne Béothy (born István Beöthy) (1897–1961), one of a circle of Hungarian expatriates in Paris in the 1920s and a close friend of the photographer. The Kertész icon, Satiric Dancer, was made in Béothy’s studio; one of Béothy’s sculptures appears in the image on the left. A year after Kertész’s show at Au Sacre du Printemps, Béothy had his own exhibition there. In the 1996 Sotheby’s London sale from which the present print comes, five other Kertész photographs from Béothy’s collection were offered, along with photographs by Béothy himself.
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