Edouard Boubat - Petite Fille aux Feuilles Mortes, Paris
Edouard Boubat
Petite Fille aux Feuilles Mortes, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1947, Printed in 1981
10 x 7 3/8 inches image, 16 x 12 inches paper

Signed by the artist in pencil on verso

Edouard Boubat - Bernard, Paris
Edouard Boubat
Bernard, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1965
12 x 15 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Signed in ink in the margin on recto.

Edouard Boubat - Lella, Bretagne
Edouard Boubat
Lella, Bretagne
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1947, printed Later
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, Image Size 12 x 9 3/8 inches

Signed in ink in the margin on recto. Signed, titled and dated in ink on verso.

Edouard Boubat - L'arbre et la Poule
Edouard Boubat
L'arbre et la Poule
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950
11 X 14 7/8 inches
Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Signed in ink on recto.
Edouard Boubat - Indian Mother and Child, Madras
Edouard Boubat
Indian Mother and Child, Madras
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1971, Printed c.1990
11 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Boubat's signature, in pencil, on verso.

Edouard Boubat - Hommage au Douanier Rousseau, Paris
Edouard Boubat
Hommage au Douanier Rousseau, Paris
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1980, Printed in 1981
9 1/4 x 14 inches image, 12 x 16 inches paper

Signed by the artist in pencil on verso.

Edouard Boubat - Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Edouard Boubat
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1955, Printed 1970s
9 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches
Boubat's signature, title and date, in ink, on verso.
Edouard Boubat - Manege Sous la Pluie
Edouard Boubat
Manege Sous la Pluie, Montmartre, 1997
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
13 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Signed lower right, also signed and dated 1997 on verso.
Edouard Boubat - Indian Hindu Woman Carrying Pot
Edouard Boubat
Indian Hindu Woman Carrying Pot
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
Photographer's stamp and Photo Researchers label on print verso.
Edouard Boubat - Pittsburgh, PA.
Edouard Boubat
Pittsburgh, PA.
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1953, printed c. 1960s
8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

Photographer's stamp on verso.

The poet Jacques Prévert called him a “peace photographer,” for Boubat was the incarnation of the French humanist, member of a movement without ideology or militants whose urge to capture the simple beauty of everyday life distinguishes their work. His first image, of a tiny girl wearing an outfit of fallen leaves in the Luxembourg gardens, was made in 1946 and became a classic. A photoengraver by trade until 1950, his personal work, especially that featuring his muse Lella, indicated unusual talent.

Working under the inspired editorship of Bertie Gilou for the innovative magazine “Realities” 1950-70, Boubat flourished as a globetrotting journalist, but for a magazine that concerned itself more with science, industry, and economic development than with war or conflict. The role suited his temperament, for it allowed him to make small groups of images around a loosely defined subject, rather than detailed picture stories. His dictum was “To photograph is to express gratitude.” His work dealt with simple domestic and personal events, or work, trade, and industry. His “personal” photography produced a charming body of images, where the nude, children, cats, and his own family figure extensively.

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