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Robert Frank
U. S. 90, EN ROUTE TO DEL RIO, TEXAS
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
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Robert Frank
U. S. 90, EN ROUTE TO DEL RIO, TEXAS
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Robert Frank: The Americans The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection

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Robert Frank
B. 1924
U. S. 90, EN ROUTE TO DEL RIO, TEXAS
signed and dated '1955' in ink in the margin, the archive and copyright stamps, with credit, date, and annotations in pencil or ink, on the reverse, framed, 1955, printed in the 1970s
13 1/8  by 8 1/2  in. (33.3 by 21.6 cm.)
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 6 October 1999, Sale 7348, Lot 368

Literature

The Americans, no. 83

Sarah Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. 311 and 483, and Contact no. 83

'Books of the Year,' Photography Annual 1961, p. 198

John Szarkowski, The Photographer’s Eye, p. 86

Robert Frank (Aperture), p. 47

Robert A. Sobieszek, Masterpieces of Photography from the George Eastman House Collections, p. 346

Judith Mara Gutman, 'One-Shot Hero,' Connoisseur, November 1987, p. 139

Peter Galassi, American Photography, 1890-1965, frontispiece

Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth Century Photograph (Tate Modern), p. 115

Robert Frank: Story Lines, frontispiece 6

Nicholas Dawidoff, ‘Hidden America,’ The New York Times Magazine, 5 July 2015, p. 47

Catalogue Note

Robert Frank, along with certain photographers of his generation, transformed photojournalism into a form of personal expression.  Frank, Elliott Erwitt, and W. Eugene Smith, among others, photographed from their own unique viewpoint.  Each went so far as to violate the illusion of an impersonal eye by including family members in their work.  U. S. 90, En Route to Del Rio, Texas, features Frank’s wife, Mary, and their children, Pablo and Andrea, peering sleepily through the windshield.  They accompanied him on portions of his cross-country journey.  As the last plate in the book, it serves as something of a curtain call.  From the time of the completion of The Americans, all of Frank’s work, both in cinema and photography, grew ever more personal.

Robert Frank: The Americans The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection

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