Lot 20
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Josef Sudek

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  • Josef Sudek
  • Egg in an Egg Cup
  • silver print, printed circa 1936, dry-mounted to card, signed Sutnar in pencil on the reverse.
  • 39.5 by 29.5cm., 15½ by 11½in.


Ladislav Sutnar, Prague, by 1936 (Sutnar (1897 – 1976), was a Bohemian designer who implemented Constructivist language into advertising and industrial design. He studied painting at the School of Applied Arts and later taught design at the State School for Graphic Arts in Prague. He moved to the United States in 1939.)
Ex Libris, New York (by circa 1980)
Purchased from the above by the present owner in 1985

Catalogue Note

The chrome-plated steel egg cup in this photo was designed by Ladislav Sutnar. Sudek often took photographs of Sutnar's design pieces, transforming these objects into surreal compositions.

An edition of this photo is currently held at the Sutnar Archive at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and was exhibited at the Ladislav Sutnar: Prague, New York: Design in Action exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, 2003.