Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Rue Lepic, Paris

Artist:
Christer Strömholm (Swedish, Stockholm 1918–2002 Stockholm)
Date:
1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 16.4 x 21.7 cm (6 7/16 x 8 9/16 in.) Sheet: 17.7 x 23.7 cm (6 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.285
Rights and Reproduction:
© Christer Strömholm, Christer Strömholm Estate
Not on view
Strömholm practiced painting and the graphic arts before taking up photography in the late 1940s and is best known today for a series of sensitive, unsensational portrayals of a community of transsexuals living in the Place Blanche section of Paris in the late 1950s. This melancholic study of a damaged painting in the rue Lepic from the same moment refers back to the artist’s earliest photographs showing the worn and weathered surfaces of walls; the violent gash through the forehead of the painting’s subject punctuates Strömholm’s belief that art, like the residue of trauma, always points to something beyond that which is visible.
Inscription: Signed in ink, verso BRC: "CHR"
Estate of the artist; [Marvelli Gallery, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 58," January 10, 2012–May 6, 2012.

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