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Auguste Pouquet

Unknown (French)

Date:
1932
Medium:
Gelatin silver print with applied color
Dimensions:
15.9 x 11.5 cm. (6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.158.1
  • Description

    These photographs of thieves and assassins were heavily retouched with ink and gouache to facilitate their reproduction in illustrated newspapers and magazines. Although they were not conceived as typological studies, the cropping and retouching deliberately intensified their sinister aspect, producing caricatures of criminality that satisfied the sensationalism of the picture press.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in black ink on print, verso, TC: "199.933[underlined]//Auguste Pouquet[last name underlined]//dement qui tua sa mère.//pp 18/10/32"; inscribed in pink pencil vertically, L: "le paranoide de qui a tué sa mère devant le commissariat"; in pencil: "1 col no 5" and "4153"; stamped in purple ink, BRC: "DUPUY" [the only legible part of the stamp -- as per the other two prints the complete stamp reads: "SOCIÉTE DU PETIT PARISIEN//DUPUY & C[IE] 6//16 18 20 22 Rue d'Enghien//PARIS"

  • Provenance

    Charles Schwartz

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