About This Image

One of the most iconic portraits of the painter. Brassai's early 31 Faubourg St. Jacques stamp on verso. With some notes in the photographer's hand. Doesn't glow under black light. Brassai said this was his first photograph of Picasso.Gyula Halasz known as Brassai, studied painting at the Beaux Arts in Budapest before exploring photography in Paris from 1930. He was particularly interested in photographing at night and produced a book called 'Paris by Night' in 1933. It was during the compiling of this book that Brassai met Pablo Picasso.He photographed the artist going about his daily life and produced from this his book 'Conversations with Picasso'. See: Tucker, Brassai: The Eye of Paris, pl.75; Durrell, Brassai (MOMA), p.33; Brassai "Les artists de ma vie", p.157; Brassai "Picasso & Co", p.50; Musee Picasso Paris : "Picasso vu par Brassai" (Catalogue of the exhibition June/September 1987), p.40.This photograph is considered one of the great iconic works by Brassai. In his book "Picasso & Co" Brassai tells the story of this work: At that time he was satisfied with a just a single take. They were in a room at the back of the studio which was dominated by the monumental canvas of "Jadwiga" by the Douanier Rousseau. Picasso had acquired this in 1908 in a junk shop and later discovered the artist himself. "Jadwiga" had been present at the celebrated banquet held by Picasso in Rouseau's honour at the Bateau Lavoir. Brassai goes on to say that Picasso was wearing an old jacket covered with stains. N otwithstanding his scruffy appearance, however, he was fascinated by the intense focus of his eyes, "Eyes of living coals". "Picasso looms up in it like a monolith, in all the compact, distilled strength of his full maturity. And everything is centered on the flashing intensity of that gaze, piercing you, subduing you, devouring you."

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Portrait of Picasso in His Studio at 23 rue de La Boëtie, Paris
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) Portrait of Picasso in His Studio at 23 rue de La Boëtie, Paris

Price $12,000

Main Image

Ref.# 14048

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1932  Print Date 1930s

Dimensions 11-7/16 x 8-3/4 in. (291 x 222 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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