The glass plate negative of this image was broken, and it is a very rare image. Stamped on the verso with Brassai's early Faubourg stamp and with Gilbert's copyright stamp. Mme. Gilberte Brassai wrote in pencil on the verso: "Je certifie que cette photographie a ete executee par M. Brassai. La reference est de sa main." The size, title and the reference to the broken plate is in Brassai's own hand in pencil on the verso, as his wife makes note of.
See: Brassai: From Surrealism to Art Informel, p.144, pl.79; Sayag and Lionel-Marie, Brassai: The Monograph, p.259; and Labyrinthe, No. 14, November 15, 1945, p.11, "Le Sommeil"; Alex Novak, For the Love of the Image: A Selection of 110 Photographs, p.60, pl.63.
This image has the same negative number on it as a Brassai-marked up copy of the article in Labyrinthe and may be the actual image that was used in the famed surrealistic magazine. For Brassai, a very good clean print with only a couple of minor thumbnails, and a superior copy to the one that sold at the Paris Brassai auction.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1933-34 Print Date 1930s
Dimensions 9-1/4 x 6-7/8 in. (235 x 175 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country France
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