Front / Recto

  • Title Distortion #126
  • Negative Date 1933
  • Print Date 1933–39
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 8 × 13 3/8" (20.3 × 34 cm)
  • Place Taken Paris
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther
  • MoMA Accession Number 1734.2001
  • Copyright © Estate of André Kertész

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type No mount - evidence previous mount
  • Provenance The artist; to Tibor Gergely (1900–1978), possibly New York [1]; by inheritance to Greta Schreyer (1917–2005), New York, January 13, 1978 [2]; to Janos Gat Gallery, New York, 1996 [3]; purchased by Thomas Walther, May 9, 1996 [4]; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Janos Gat, e-mail to Simon Bieling, March 30, 2005; and Gat, letter to Audrey Sands, September 23, 2013. Tibor Gergely was a Hungarian illustrator, a close friend of Kertész.
    [2] Gat, e-mail to Bieling; and Gat, letter to Sands. Greta Schreyer was an Austrian painter.
    [3] MacGill/Walther 2000, p. 18; and Gat, letter to Sands.
    [4] MacGill/Walther 2000(2), p. 25.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Retouching (additive)
    Enlargement
    Retouching (reductive)
  • 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 Unknown
  • Weight Double weight
  • Thickness (mm) 0.37
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso negative
  • Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 100%
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
  • 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, P, S, Sr, Ag, Ba
    • Verso: Al, S, Ca, Cr, 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).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, P, S, Ca, Cr, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Sr, Ag

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