Lot 48
  • 48

Movietone News

5,000 - 7,000 USD
8,125 USD
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  • Movietone News
  • Frenchman Weeping, Marseilles
  • gelatin silver print flush-mounted to Masonite
  • 15 1/4  by 19 1/4  in. (38.7 by 48.9 cm.)
oversized, a photographically-printed title and date label on the image, flush-mounted to Masonite, a Museum of Modern Art The Exact Instant exhibition label on the reverse, 1941, printed in 1948


Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

Sotheby's New York, Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, 23 October 2002, Sale 7851, Lot 195


New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Exact Instant (100 Years of News Photography), February - May 1949

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Reinstallation: Photography from the Collection, February - April 1993


LIFE Magazine, 3 March 1941, p. 29 (variant)

David E. Sherman, ed., The Best of LIFE (New York, 1973), p. 17 (variant)

Catalogue Note

This photograph is an enlargement from a 35mm motion picture newsreel frame. Although the label on this photograph dates the image ‘1940,’ a close variant was published as the Picture of the Week in the 3 March 1941 issue of LIFE magazine, there captioned ‘A Frenchman sheds tears of patriotic grief as flags of his country’s lost regiments are exiled to Africa.’  

The present photograph was included in The Museum of Modern Art’s 1949 exhibition The Exact Instant, for which curator Edward Steichen began collecting newspaper clippings in 1934. He said of his choices for the exhibition: 'The emphasis in the selection of the show has been more on the penetrating quality of the reporting rather than on the importance of the news event.'