Front / Recto
- Title Distortion #63
- Negative Date 1933
- Print Date 1933–39
- Medium Gelatin silver print
- Dimensions Image 13 1/4 × 9 9/16" (33.6 × 24.3 cm)
- Place Taken Paris
- Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther
- MoMA Accession Number 1733.2001
- Copyright © Estate of André Kertész
Back / Verso
- Mount Type No mount - evidence previous mount
The artist; to Tibor Gergely (1900–1978), possibly New York ; by inheritance to Greta Schreyer (1917–2005), New York, January 13, 1978 ; to Janos Gat Gallery, New York, 1996 ; purchased by Thomas Walther, May 9, 1996 ; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
 MacGill/Walther 2001(4), p. 6; and Janos Gat, letter to Audrey Sands, September 23, 2013. Tibor Gergely was a Hungarian illustrator, a close friend of Kertész.
 MacGill/Walther 2001(4), p. 6. Greta Schreyer was an Austrian painter.
 Ibid.; and MacGill/Walther 2000(2), p. 25.
- Format Unknown
- Weight Double weight
- Thickness (mm) 0.37
- UV Fluorescence Recto negative Verso negative
- Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 98% Hardwood bleached sulfite 2%
- Material Techniques Developing-out paper
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: P, Al, S, Cl, Zn, Sr, Ag, Ba
- Verso: Al, S, Ca, Cr, Zn, Sr, Ba
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).
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