Lot 77
  • 77

André Kertész

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • André Kertész
  • Gelatin silver print on carte postale
  • 3 3/16 x 4 1/8 inches
carte-postale, on a vellum mount, signed and annotated 'Paris' in pencil on the mount, framed, a National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., exhibition label on the reverse, 1925


Estate of the photographer

Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto

Christie's New York, An Important Collection of André Kertész Vintage Photographs, Paris and Hungary, 1919-1927, 17 April 1997, Sale 8624, Lot 188


Washington, D. C., National Gallery of Art, André Kertész, February - May 2005, and traveling to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June - September 2005

Paris, Jeu de Paume, André Kertész, September 2010 - February 2011, and traveling to Winterthur, Fotomuseum; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau; and Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum through December 2011


This print:

A Stranger to Paris: Photographs by André Kertész, 1894-1985 (Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, 1992), p. 85

Sarah Greenough, Robert Gurbo, and Sarah Kennel, André Kertész (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2005), pl. 34 

Michel Frizot and Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq, André Kertész (Paris: Jeu de Paume, 2010), p. 79

Other prints of this image:

André Kertész, Photographer (The Museum of Modern Art, 1964), p. 27

Nicolas Ducrot, ed., André Kertész: Sixty Years of Photography, 1912-1972 (New York, 1972), p. 7

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. 38

Pierre Borhan, André Kertész, His Life and Work (Boston, 1994), p. 99

Catalogue Note

The early Kertész photograph offered here, on carte-postale photographic paper mounted to tan vellum stock, has the classic presentation for a print from the photographer’s years in Paris. It was one of a group of 21 photographs from the 1920s, each with the same presentation, that was discovered in a portfolio among the photographer’s effects three years after his death.  Also in the portfolio was the announcement for Kertész’s first exhibition in Paris, in 1927, at Au Sacre du Printemps gallery, as well as an envelope printed with Kertész’s Boulevard du Montparnasse studio address.  With its exhibition-quality prints and related material, the portfolio was a time-capsule from the photographer's seminal Paris years. 

Using the checklist for the Au Sacre du Printemps exhibition as a guide, Toronto photographs dealer Jane Corkin was able to loosely recreate this landmark show by adding 16 more photographs to the newly discovered group. Corkin had known Kertész personally, and she became a representative for his estate after his death.  The entire group, including this print of Behind Notre Dame, was ultimately sold in an historic auction in New York in 1997.