FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE | STILL LIFE
FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE | STILL LIFE
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FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE | STILL LIFE

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD

FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE | STILL LIFE

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Sold:11,250USD

Lot Details

Description

FRANCIS BRUGUIÈRE

1879-1945

STILL LIFE 


circa 1934-35

4¾ by 5⅜ in. (12.1 by 13.5 cm.)

Condition Report

This photograph, on stiff double-weight paper with a semi-glossy surface, is in generally excellent condition. A few very faint surface scratches are barely perceptible in raking light.


On the reverse of the print, there is light graphite-colored soiling. The following is written in an unidentified hand in pencil: W F'; '9'; and '#681.6.'


When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Private collection, New York  

Sotheby's New York, 7 May 1985, Sale 5318, Lot 86

Literature

James Enyeart, Bruguière: His Photographs and His Life (New York, 1977), pl. 74 

Catalogue Note

While living abroad in London in the early 1930s, American photographer Francis Bruguière met and collaborated with Edward McKnight Kauffer, a prolific advertising artist whose avant-garde designs were laced with Cubist and Vortacist references. Bruguière’s photographs from this period – dynamic experiments with multiple-exposure printing, solarization, and juxtaposition of real and representational objects – reveal Kauffer’s direct influence.


Extant prints by Bruguière from this period are rare and the present solarized, multiple-exposure example is among his most successful. At the time of this writing, no other print of this image has appeared at auction. A variant, partially-solarized single-exposure is in the collection of the George Eastman Museum. 

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