Front / Recto

  • Title At Zadkine's
  • Negative Date 1926
  • Print Date 1926–55
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 4 1/8 x 2 5/8" (10.5 x 6.7 cm)
    Mount 14 9/16 × 10 7/8" (37 × 27.7 cm)
  • Place Taken Paris
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Grace M. Mayer Fund
  • MoMA Accession Number 1724.2001
  • Copyright © Estate of André Kertész

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type Mount (original)
  • Marks and Inscriptions Signed in pencil on mount recto, bottom left: A Kertész. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto, bottom right: Paris. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso, top right: SL (V) 29.
  • Provenance The artist; to Simon Lowinsky, New York [1]; purchased by Allan Frumkin Gallery Photographs Inc. (Carol Ehlers), Chicago, 1979 [2]; purchased by Deborah Stokes Hammer, New York, 1980 [3]; to Allan Frumkin Gallery Photographs Inc. (Carol Ehlers), Chicago, 1983 [4]; purchased by Thomas Walther, June 18, 1983 [5]; purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Carol Ehlers, e-mail to Simon Bieling, April 19, 2005; and Ehlers, letter to Audrey Sands, October 18, 2013.
    [2] MacGill/Walther 2000, p. 18; and Ehlers, letter to Sands.
    [3] Ehlers, letter to Sands.
    [4] Ibid.
    [5] MacGill/Walther 2000(2), p. 18; and Allan Frumkin Gallery Photographs Inc. invoice, June 18, 1983.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Mount
    Contact print
  • PTM
    Detail view of the recto of the artwork made using reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) software, which exaggerates subtle surface details and renders the features of the artwork plainly visible. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Micro-raking
    Raking-light close-up image, as shot. Area of detail is 6.7 x 6.7 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
    Raking-light close-up image, processed. Processing included removal of color, equalization of the histogram, and sharpening, all designed to enhance visual comparison. Department of Conservation, MoMA

Paper Material

  • Format Metric
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso no data
  • Fiber Analysis No fiber data available
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
    Back printing
    Photographic postcard
  • XRF

    This work was determined to be a gelatin silver print via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

    The following elements have been positively identified in the work, through XRF readings taken from its recto and verso (or from the mount, where the verso was not accessible):

    • Recto: Al, Si, S, Cl, Ca, Fe, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Ba, Pb
    • Verso: Al, Si, S, K, Ca, Fe, Zn, Rb, Pb

    The graphs below show XRF spectra for three areas on the print: two of the recto—from areas of maximum and minimum image density (Dmax and Dmin)—and one of the verso or mount. The background spectrum represents the contribution of the XRF instrument itself. The first graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the lower energy range (0 to 8 keV). The second graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the higher energy range (8 to 40 keV).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, Si, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Fe, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Pb

In Context

Historical Exhibitions

  • PM Gallery, New York. Andre Kertesz, an Exhibition of 60 Photographs. December 1937.

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