André Kertész A Picnic Party in Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1929 Print Date 1929
Dimensions 6-5/8 x 9 in. (168 x 229 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Photographer's signature (Foto Kertesz) and handwritten date, title and identifications on verso of photograph in pen and pencil. A strong vintage image and print, one of the first that Kertesz took when he moved to Paris and reminiscent of his days in Hungary. This image is a part of a small group that relate to the avant-garde puppeteers Geza Blattner and his assistant Sandor Toth and their experimental marionnette theatre "Arc-en-Ciel" (Rainbow) in Montparnasse. It shows the two marionettists with Rosza Kertesz (nee the photographer Rosa-Klein) and Blattner's sister. There is a wine bottle (obviously well used) and remnants of a picnic. Helen Blattner holds up a sausage. A very bizarre group. Kertesz and his wife frequented the theater and called the two Hungarian puppeteers friends. Kertesz is one of the great modernist photographers of this century. Illustrated: S.A. Toth, "Peintre, Marionnettiste a Montparnasse."
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