Robert Doisneau Marc and Christiane Chevalier in the Paris Metro
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
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
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. Crease at right middle of image. 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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