This image has the perfect provenance from the photographer directly to the models. One of the images from the subway series is this one where Christiane holds in her hands a sprig of lily of the valley (muguet de bois). Lily of the valley is referred to as a "porte-bonheur"--literally, "bringer of happiness", or perhaps what we would call a good luck charm. It is sold around May day in France. Marc looks pensively to her. With the photographer's red stamp on verso and negative number in pencil. See: Robert Doisneau: Paris (Flammarion 2005), p.211 for an example in the series. Provenance: Photographer to Models, Marc and Christiane Chevalier. Comes with a letter of provenance from Marc Chevalier.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1953 Print Date 1953
Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in. (241 x 181 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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