artnet Launches April in Paris Photographs Sale Featuring Works by Brassaï, Robert Doisneau, André Kertész and Willy Ronis

. April 24, 2009

100 photographs by 50 artists from 1850 to the present Estimates from $500 to $50,000

artnetauctions.jpgNew York / Berlin – From April 24-30 artnet Online Auctions will feature April in Paris, a special sale of 100 photographs by 50 renowned artists including Brassaï, Robert Doisneau, André Kertész and Willy Ronis.

Modern Masters

Leading the sale is a collection of photographs by modern masters including Eugène Atget, Brassaï, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, and Man Ray. Among the highlights is a complete portfolio of 10 classic images of Paris by Brassaï, printed in 1973. The portfolio is signed, dated, and numbered from an edition of 50 only (estimate: $40,000-$50,000). Also offered in this section are five images of Paris in the 1920s by Germaine Krull including Along the Banks of the Seine, Paris, 1927-1928 (estimate: $3,500-$4,500) and The Knife Sharpener, 1927-1928 ($4,000-$5,000). Four photographs by André Kertész range from 1926-1934 including Chez Mondrian, 1926, a carefully composed photograph of the artist’s studio that pays homage to the simplicity of Mondrian’s works (estimate: $15,000-$18,000). Also offered in this section are three works by Eugène Atget from 1899-1959.

Iconic Images by Renowned Photojournalists

cartier-bresson-rue-mouffetard.jpgThe auction also features some of the most recognizable images of Paris by renowned photojournalists Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis. Henri Cartier-Bresson captures the humanity of the city in three exquisite works from 1953 to 1959 including Rue Mouffetard, 1954 (estimate: $22,000-$26,000) and Ile de la Cité, 1952 (estimate: $9,000-$10,000). Three photographs by Robert Doisneau celebrate the eccentricities of everyday Parisian life including Chicken on a Leash, 1940 (estimate: $2,500-$3,000). Also offered in this section are two of the most universally recognized photographs of Paris, Painter on the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953 by Marc Riboud (estimate: $3,800-$4,200) and Le Petit Parisien, 1952 by Willy Ronis (estimate: $5,000-$6,000).

Fashion Photography

Fashion photographers also figure prominently in the sale, including works by Horst P. Horst, Frank Horvat and Helmut Newton. The Mainbocher Corset, Paris, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Paris Vogue in 1939, showcases the intricate design of American couturier Mainbocher (estimate: $20,000-$25,000). Givenchy Hat, 1958 is one of six works by Frank Horvat that evoke the glamour of 1950s Paris (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). In My Apartment, Paris, 1978 is a striking nude by the late great provocateur Helmut Newton (estimate: $25,000-30,000).

Portraits of Legendary Paris Residents

Paris has been home to a number of legendary artists and writers, including Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Pablo Picasso. The sale includes two photographs of Samuel Beckett taken by Bob Adelman in 1986 (estimates: $2,000-$2,500). A pensive James Joyce is the subject of a 1937 gelatin silver print by Joseph Breitenbach (estimate: $3,000-$3,500). The sale also offers two different perspectives on Pablo Picasso: a formal portrait of the artist taken in 1954 by Arnold Newman (estimate: $10,000-$12,000) and a more casual photograph taken by the artist’s friend Lucien Clergue in 1955 (estimate: $2,500-$4,500).

Rounding out the show is a selection of vintage works from the nineteenth century as well as images of Paris by a newer generation of photographers.

Browse the Sale at www.artnetonlineauctions.com/Paris

Sale Contacts:

Christopher Sweet
Photography Specialist
csweet@artnet.com
+1 212 497 9700 ext. 165

Susanna Wenniger
Photography Specialist
swenniger@artnet.com
+1 212 497-9700 ext. 172

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