About This Image

This image has the perfect provenance from the photographer directly to the models. One of the images from the subway series is this one where Christiane holds in her hands a sprig of lily of the valley (muguet de bois). Lily of the valley is referred to as a "porte-bonheur"--literally, "bringer of happiness", or perhaps what we would call a good luck charm. It is sold around May day in France. Marc looks pensively to her. With the photographer's red stamp on verso and negative number in pencil. See: Robert Doisneau: Paris (Flammarion 2005), p.211 for an example in the series. Provenance: Photographer to Models, Marc and Christiane Chevalier. Comes with a letter of provenance from Marc Chevalier.

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Marc and Christiane Chevalier in the Paris Metro
Robert Doisneau Marc and Christiane Chevalier in the Paris Metro

Price $5,500
Sale Price $3,850

Main Image

Ref.# 11750

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1953  Print Date 1953

Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in. (241 x 181 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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