Exhibitions/ Art Object

Armoire à glace dans un hôtel de passe, rue Quincampoix

Artist:
Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)
Date:
1932, printed 1950s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.3 x 16.8 cm (9 3/16 x 6 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.1023.7
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph by Brassaï. Copyright © Gilberte Brassaï
Not on view
A keen observer of Parisian nightlife in the 1930s, Brassaï was drawn to the visual conundrums and optical innuendos of everyday life. The play of reflections and absences in this image, made in a Paris brothel, suggests the materialization of subconscious impulses. Evoking Freud's definition of desire as the sensation arising from a perceived absence of remembered pleasure, this blatantly sexual scene suggests but withholds a specific narrative.
Inscription: Stamped on print, verso: "Copyright Brassaï"; signed and annotated by Brassaï in pencil on print, verso.
Brassai

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