Exhibitions/ Art Object

Introductions at Suzy's

Artist:
Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)
Date:
1932–33, printed 1960s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.1 x 16.8 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.153
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph by Brassaï. Copyright © Gilberte Brassaï
Not on view
Brassaï made his name as a chronicler of the night, with images that ranged from reflections on wet cobblestones to the denizens of bars and brothels. Like so many of his photographs, Introductions at Suzy’s was not an impromptu scene caught by an undetected observer but rather a carefully constructed tableau meant to highlight the dynamic between buttoned-up bourgeois clients and Suzy’s bevy of prostitutes, naked but for their bracelets and high heels. The "client" was actually Brassaï’s friend and bodyguard; the "girls," however, were not stand-ins.
Inscription: Signed on print, verso LC: "Brassaï [underlined]"; stamped on print, verso C: "BRASSAï // 81, Rue du Faub.-St. Jacques // Paris - XIVe - PORt-Royal 23-41"; stamped on print, verso LR: "[copyright symbol] COPYRIGHT by // BRASSAï // 81, Faubourg St-Jacques // PARIS 14eme Tél.707.23-41"; inscribed on print, verso UL, UC, C: "Page 121 [underlined and scratched out]", "page 122", "pl.363";
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, May 28, 1985]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

Negative date: 1932-3. Same image as MMA 1980.1023.8.
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