André Kertész - Chez Mondrian, Paris
André Kertész
Chez Mondrian, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1926, printed later
10 x 8 inches

Signed and dated on verso.

André Kertész - Carrefour Blois
André Kertész
Carrefour Blois
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1930, Printed early 1970s
7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

Kertesz's signature, title and date, in pencil, on verso

André Kertész  - The Satiric Dancer, Paris
André Kertész
Satiric Dancer
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1926, printed c. 1980s
13 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches

Signed, dated and inscribed 'Paris' in pencil on the verso.

André Kertész - Gypsy Children Kissing, Esztergom
André Kertész
Gypsy Children Kissing, Esztergom, Hungary
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1917, printed 1970s
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 Inches

Kertész's signature, date, and location, in pencil, on verso.

André Kertész - New York (Two Dogs Running in the Snow)
André Kertész
New York (Two Dogs Running in the Snow)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1971, Printed Later
9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Signed, dated and photographer's copyright stamp on verso

André Kertész - Carl Schurz Park, NY
André Kertész
Carl Schurz Park, NY
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1948, Printed Later
10 x 8 inches

Dated on recto

André Kertész - Trio Ráckeve, Hungary
André Kertész
Trio Ráckeve, Hungary
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1923, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Signed and dated on recto

André Kertész - Beaubourg, Paris
André Kertész
Beaubourg, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1977
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso

André Kertész - Blind Musician, Hungary
André Kertész
Blind Musician, Hungary
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1921, Printed 1980
9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches

Signed on verso

André Kertész - New York Painter on Roof
André Kertész
New York Painter on Roof
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1977
8 x 10 inches

Dated on recto

André Kertész - Self Portrait with Life Masks, NY
André Kertész
Self Portrait with Life Masks, NY
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1976, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Dated on recto

André Kertész - Soldier Writing Letter WWI
André Kertész
Soldier Writing Letter WWI
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1915, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Signed and dated on recto.

André Kertész - Chartres
André Kertész
Chartres
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1977, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Signed and dated on verso.

André Kertész - New York
André Kertész
New York
Cibachrome Photograph
1979, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Signed, dated and # 2/25 on recto.

André Kertész - Savoie
André Kertész
Savoie
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1928, Printed Later
10 x 8 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

André Kertész - Butcher, Paris, Les Halles
André Kertész
Butcher, Paris, Les Halles
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1927, Printed Later
10 x 8 inches

Signed and dated on recto

André Kertész - Long Eddy, New York
André Kertész
Long Eddy, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1961, Printed Later
10 x 8 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

André Kertész - Third Avenue El, New York
André Kertész
Third Avenue El, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed c. 1960s-1970s
10 x 8 inches, image size 9 3/4 x 6 1/2

Signed and dated on verso

André Kertész - Paul Dermée, Prampolini and Seuphor, Paris
André Kertész
Paul Dermée, Prampolini and Seuphor, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1927, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Titled and dated on recto

André Kertész - Zadkine in his Paris Studio
André Kertész
Zadkine in his Paris Studio
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1960s, Printed Later
10 x 8 inches

Signed on recto

André Kertész - Budapest
André Kertész
Budapest
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1916, Printed Later
8 x 10 inches

Signed and dated on recto

André Kertész has been hailed as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Working intuitively, he captured the poetry of modern urban life with its quiet, often overlooked incidents and odd, occasionally comic, or even bizarre juxtapositions. He endeavored "to give meaning to everything" about him with his camera, "to make photographs as by reflection in a mirror, unmanipulated and direct as in life." Combining this seemingly artless spontaneity with a sophisticated understanding of composition, Kertész created a purely photographic idiom that celebrates direct observation of the everyday. Neither a surrealist, nor a strict photojournalist, he nevertheless infused his best images with strong tenets of both. "You don't see" the things you photograph, he explained, "you feel them."

Born Kertész Andor in Budapest in 1894, he received his first camera in 1912 and immediately began to make intimate portraits of family and friends, studies of the Hungarian countryside, and scenes of daily life behind the battle lines of World War I. Seeking to make a living through photography, he moved in 1925 to Paris, where he established a successful career as a photojournalist as an early proponent of using the smaller 35 mm format camera. The year 1927 marked Kertesz’s first solo exhibition in Paris and it was in 1928 that he met a fellow Hungarian, Brassaï, whom he introduced to photography. Kertesz would go on to photograph many famous artists such as Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Constantin Brancusi. Buoyed by this accomplishment and inspired by the vibrant artistic community of the French capital, he created some of the most intriguing and celebrated images of the period.

In 1936 Kertész relocated to New York in order to further his career. Captivated by the rich visual spectacle of the city and awed by its scale, he used the camera to record both his fascination with, and sense of alienation from, his new surroundings. The images attest to a complicated personal history born through the political upheavals of two wars and life in three countries. His fine art photographs were not widely recognized until 1964 when John Sarkowski curated a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1984 he received the French Legion of Honor award and the following year he died at age ninety-one leaving behind a legacy that would mark him as having one of the most important impacts of the history of modernism in the history of photography.

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