Brassai - Fille De Joie Du Quartier Italien Dans Une Robe Printanière
Brassaï
Fille De Joie Du Quartier Italien Dans Une Robe Printanière
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931, Printed late 1950s or early 1960s
11 x 8 1/4 inches

Ferrotyped, the photographer's studio, copyright, and 'Tirage de l'Auteur' stamps and with title, date, and numerical notations in pencil and ink on the reverse.

Brassai - Couple faché au bal des Quatre-Saisons
Brassaï
Couple faché au bal des Quatre-Saisons
Silver Gelatin Photograph
Circa 1932; printed circa 1980
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Brassaï's signature and edition notation 23/30, in ink, on recto, and with his numeric notations, the partial title, and other notations, in ink or in pencil, in an unknown hand, the 81, Faubourg St-Jacques copyright hand stamp, and 2 other copyright hand stamps, on verso.

Brassai - Deux Filles De Montmartre
Brassaï
Deux Filles De Montmartre
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932
16 x 12 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 11/30 on verso. Photographer's credit stamp on verso.

Brassaï (Gyula Halasz) - Untitled (Woman with Cat Mask)
Brassaï
Untitled (Woman with Cat Mask)
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1930s
11 1/2 x 8 Inches

Brassai's Rue du Faubrg hand stamp, a "Made in France" hand stamp and various notations in pencil (in an unknown hand) on verso.

Un Bar Rue de Lappe (La Bastoche)
Brassaï
Un Bar Rue de Lappe (La Bastoche)
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1932, Printed c. 1950s
11 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches

Signed in pencil and copyright credit stamp on verso.

Brassai - Groupe d'Hommes, autour du "Zinc" dans un bistrot, Rue de Lappe
Brassaï
Groupe d'Hommes, autour du "Zinc" dans un bistrot, Rue de Lappe
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed Later
8 1/4 x 11 inches
Signed lower right, titled and dated on verso
Brassaï (Gyula Halasz) - Fille de Joie, Quartier Italie
Brassaï
Fille de Joie, Quartier Italie
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed c 1967
12 x 8 3/4 Inches

Brassaï's signature and numeric notation, in ink, and the title, date, and edition notation 12/30, in pencil, in an unknown hand, and his Faubourg St-Jacques hand stamp, on verso

Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Le 14 Juillet, Place De La Bastille, Paris
Brassaï
Le 14 Juillet, Place De La Bastille, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1934, Printed c. Late 1970's
11 7/8 x 9 3/8 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 15/30 on the verso.
Brassai - La Grosse Fille de Joie, Quartier Italie
Brassaï
La Grosse Fille de Joie, Quartier Italie
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed after 1967
15 3/8 x 11 inches
Signed, notations 'PP. 333', annotation 'page 93' in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the verso).
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Couple Au Bal Blomet, Paris
Brassaï
Couple Au Bal Blomet, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931-32, Printed c.1970
11 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches
Stamped, titled, dated and numbered 16/30 on the verso.
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Chez Suzy, En Attendant Le Client
Brassaï
Chez Suzy, En Attendant Le Client
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed Later
11 5/8 x 9 inches
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 10/30 on the verso.
Brassai - Le Bal de Quatre-Saisons, Rue De Lappe
Brassaï
Le Bal de Quatre-Saisons, Rue De Lappe
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed 1960's
9 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 7/30 on the verso.
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Parade D’Un Spectacle De Fete Foraine, Paris
Brassaï
Parade D’Un Spectacle De Fete Foraine, Boulevard Saint- Jacques, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931, Printed c.1970's
9 3/8 X 11 3/4 inches
Signed lower right. Titled, dated and # 15/30 on the verso.
Brassai - Picasso Tenant Une De Les Sculptures
Brassaï
Picasso Tenant Une De Les Sculptures
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Late 1970s
9 3/8 x 12 1/2 Inches

Brassaï's signature and edition notation 16/30 (faded), in ink, on recto, and with his signature, title, date, and notations, in ink, and the 81, Rue du Faub.-St-Jacques and copyright hand stamps, on verso.

Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Enfant a la Balle
Brassaï
Enfant a la Balle
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1935, Printed later
9 3/4 X 7 3/8 inches
Artist stamped and dated on verso. Authentication note by Gilberte Brassai on verso.

Known since 1932 by his pseudonym Brassai (derived from Brasso, his place of birth), Gyula Halász came to photography through self-education. He first studied art in Budapest and Berlin and soon he was active in circles that included Lászlo Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky. In 1924 he went to Paris as a journalist. There he became acquainted with Eugène Atget in 1925, whose work was to become a constant model for his later work. A year later he met his compatriot André Kertész, whom he often accompanied on assignments and whose photographs he occasionally used for the documentation of his own work. In 1929 Brassai borrowed a camera and made his very first photographs, and soon afterwards he decided to purchase his own Voigtländer camera. During his extended wanderings through nighttime Paris, Brassai began, in 1930, to record the deserted streets and squares of the city. The results of this work were published in 1932 in his famous book “Paris de Nuit.”

Aside from the aesthetic fascination of the mysterious and stage-set-like architecture, the photographer also experienced the technical challenge posed by the extreme lighting conditions for his nighttime photographs. During these nightly sojourns, Brassai was also fascinated by the activities of society. In the bars and in the streets he recorded the night owls of the city, photographing tramps, prostiutes, lovers, dancers, and other colorful figures. In 1932 Brassai discovered graffiti on the walls of Paris, and he covered this subject for many years to come. Through his contributions to the Surrealist magazine “Minotaure” during the thirties, Brassai became acquainted with many writers, poets, and artists of Surrealism. He began to work for Harper’s Bazaar in 1937, and he supplied that magazine with many photographic essays about famous literary personalities and artists. In 1962 Brassai gave up photography altogether after the death of the magazine’s publisher Carmel Snow. From then on he kept busy making new prints of his photographs and new editions of his earlier books.

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