50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

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Robert Frank

'Family U. S. 90' (En Route to Del Rio)

Lot Closed

April 21, 02:04 PM GMT


400,000 - 600,000 USD

Lot Details


Robert Frank


'Family U. S. 90' (En Route to Del Rio)

gelatin silver print, signed, titled, and dated '1956' in ink on the image, framed, 1955, printed in the 1950s or possibly early 1960s

image: 13 ½ by 9 ¼ in. (34.3 by 23.5 cm.)

frame: 22 by 17 ¼ in. (55.9 by 43.8 cm.)

The photographer to Penn Katz Associates, Robert Frank Archive, Chicago, 1977 

Collection of Kaspar Fleischmann

Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zürich, 1985

Private American Collection

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 1997, Stephen L. Clarke as agent

Robert Frank, The Americans (New York, 1958), no. 83

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

John Szarkowski, The Photographer’s Eye (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966), p. 86

Robert Frank: The Aperture History of Photography Series (New York, 1976), p. 47 

Robert A. Sobieszek, Masterpieces of Photography from the George Eastman House Collections (New York, 1985), p. 346

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

Peter Galassi, American Photography 1890-1965 from The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1995) frontispiece

Emma Dexter and Thomas Weski, eds., Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph (London: Tate Modern, 2003), p. 115

Robert Frank: Story Lines (London: Tate Modern, 2004), frontispiece 6

Sarah Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2009), pp. 311 and 483, and Contact no. 83

Confluences: Twenty Years of Photographs, People, Stories (Austin: Stephen L. Clark Gallery, 2013), unpaginated 

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