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[Children with Soap Bubbles, New York City]

Artist:
Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)
Date:
ca. 1945, printed 1970s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
18.2 x 28.3 cm (7 3/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Marvin Hoshino, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1220.4
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Helen Levitt
Not on view
Helen Levitt's photographs of everyday life in her own New York neighborhood have epitomized domestic urban life for over sixty years. This image of children - one of her most common subjects - demonstrates Levitt's astute portrayal of gesture, praised as "lyrical" by James Agee in the introduction to her book, A Way of Seeing. As the viewer's attention echoes the children's glance toward the left of the scene, the picture poses a riddle as to the bubbles' source, transforming this gritty city street into a magical metropolitan playground.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil on print, verso C: "N.Y. (c) 1945 Helen Levitt"
Marvin Hoshino

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