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Nude

Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)

Date:
1931–34
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
14.1 x 23.5 cm (5 9/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.226
Rights and Reproduction:
©The Estate of Brassai
  • Description

    One of the most radically abstract of Brassaï’s nudes, this image was published in 1933 in the inaugural issue of the avant-garde magazine Minotaure. With the figure’s head and legs cut off by the picture’s edges, the twisting, truncated torso seems to float in space like an apparition—an ambiguous, organic form with an uncanny resemblance to a phallus. This transformation of the female figure into a fetish object is a hallmark of Surrealism that reflects the important influence of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory on European art of the early twentieth century.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Artist's stamp in purple ink, verso BR: "PHOTO BRASSAI // COPYRIGHT BY // GYULA HALASZ // 74, RUE DE LA GLACIERE // PARIS (18e); numerous markings in pencil, recto OA

  • Provenance

    Madame Brassai, Paris; [Edywnn Houk Gallery, New York]; Private Collection, New York; [Edywnn Houk Gallery, New York]

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