Distortion #6

Artist: André Kertész (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1894–1985 New York)

Date: 1933

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.3 cm (9 3/16 x 6 13/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.321

Rights and Reproduction: © The Estate of André Kertész / Higher Pictures


Kertész accentuated the narrow ribcage and long waist of the ideal contemporary woman by photographing his model in a carnival mirror. If the top half of this beautiful nude resembles those Modigliani painted, the swell of the haunch recalls Mannerist nudes and their nineteenth-century revivals, especially Ingres' grande odalisque.