Prints & Photography Online Auction

September 21, 2017

LOT 101

Lot 101

André Kertész (1894 - 1985)

André Kertész (1894 - 1985)
Lot 101 Details
André Kertész (1894 - 1985), Hungarian/American


Gelatin silver print; signed and dated 1939 in pencil verso. Printed circa 1970.
Image/Sheet 9.7" x 7" — 24.6 x 17.8 cm.; 10" x 8" — 25.4 x 20.3 cm.

Estimate $6,000-$9,000

Realised: $5,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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André Kertész (1894 - 1985)
  • André Kertész (1894 - 1985)
  • André Kertész (1894 - 1985)

Acquired directly from the artist by the present Private Collection, Toronto in September, 1978


Hailed as one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century, André Kertész captured the delights of everyday life that go unnoticed. Melancholic Tulip’s very simple still life composition conveys a strong sense of emotion and contemplation. Beyond its natural splendor, Kertész’s tulip (with petals intact) is limbering down, its stem creating a beautiful arc shape for which the bloom balances so delicately from the rest of its parts. It conveys at once, both beauty and sadness, a feat so rarely achieved in art. Embracing modern approaches, defining all aspects of the visual arts, as well as photography, Kertész remained enticed by the still life genre throughout his career.

As the artist so beautifully defines his work: “to make photographs as by reflection in a mirror, unmanipulated and direct as in life”, Melancholic Tulip captures this precise sentiment.


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LOT 101

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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