'JOSÉ CLEMENTE OROZCO, NEW YORK'
mounted, the 'Photographs from Berenice Abbott / 50 Commerce Street / New York 14, N.Y.' studio label, with typed title and date, on the reverse, framed, 1935
9⅝ by 7¾ in. (24.5 by 19.7 cm.)
This early print, on nearly matte-surface paper with a slight texture, is in generally excellent condition. There is faint silvering near the lower edge and a 1/2-inch linear deposit of original retouching on the sitter's cheek. The edges are worn.
The photograph is mounted to board, which has been unevenly shorn nearly to the edges of the print.
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Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
Hank O'Neal, Berenice Abbott, American Photographer (New York, 1982), p. 183
'Orozco was in New York in the 1930s for a meeting of the Artists' Congress. I saw him and was impressed with the strength of his face and asked to take his portrait. I was living on Fifty-third Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art. He came by and sat for me; it was one of the few times I asked anyone to pose for me after I returned to New York.' (Berenice Abbott, quoted in O'Neal, p. 183)