About This Image

Photographer's 75, Blvd. Montparnasse stamp and his handwritten title on verso.

A strong vintage image, one of the first that Kertesz took when he moved to Paris and reminiscent of his days in Hungary. This image is a part of a small group that relate to the avant-garde puppeteers Geza Blattner and his assistant Sandor Toth and their experimental marionnette theatre "Arc-en-Ciel" (Rainbow) in Montparnasse. This image of marionettes borders on the surreal. Kertesz and his wife frequented the theater and called the two Hungarian puppeteers friends. The puppet theater was highly valued by the Surrealists.

Illustrated: S.A. Toth, "Peintre, Marionnettiste a Montparnasse". Kertesz is one of the great modernist photographers of this century.

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Marionettes from the Experimental Puppeteer Geza Blattner
André Kertész Marionettes from the Experimental Puppeteer Geza Blattner

Price $8,000

Main Image

Ref.# 7133

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1928-29c  Print Date 1928-29c

Dimensions 4-1/2 x 6-1/4 in. (114 x 159 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country United States (USA)


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