Front / Recto

  • Title Paul Dermée, Enrico Prampolini, Michel Seuphor
  • Negative Date 1927
  • Print Date 1927–35
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 3 1/16 × 3 7/8" (7.8 × 9.9 cm)
    Sheet 3 1/8 × 4" (8 × 10.1 cm)
  • Place Taken Paris
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther
  • MoMA Accession Number 1727.2001
  • Copyright © Estate of André Kertész

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type No mount
  • Marks and Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top left: Paul Dermée/Prampolini/M. Seuphor. Stamped in purple ink on sheet verso, center: ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, bottom: Paris 1927.
  • Provenance The artist, New York; to Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto; purchased by Thomas Walther, possibly July 1977 [1]; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Jane Corkin Gallery invoice no. 87, item 11, annotated with Thomas Walther archival no. TW 770736.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Retouching (additive)
    Contact print
    Retouching in negative
  • PTM
    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
  • Weight Single weight
  • Thickness (mm) 0.16
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso negative
  • Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 49%
    Hardwood bleached sulfite 1%
    Rag 36%
    Bast 13%
  • 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: P, S, Cl, Ca, Zn, Sr, Ag, Ba, Pb
    • Verso: Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Ca, Fe, Zn, Sr, Ba, 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: Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, Ca, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Fe, Zn, Sr, Ag, Pb

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