Brassaï's best-known photographs of the 1930s describe the nocturnal atmosphere of Paris, recording the misty streets and smoke-filled cafés frequented by artists, poets, writers, and other colorful characters. Although working with a cumbersome magnesium flash, Brassaï was so sensitive to his surroundings that his subjects remained entirely at ease before the camera. This photograph, taken at a bar owned by Lulu de Montparnasse on the rue Edgar-Quinet, captures a relaxed couple enjoying a late evening. Brassaï was one of the first to exploit the full pictorial possibilities of night photography, creating a new aesthetic based on the curious and harsh effects of gas and electric lights.
CMA, October 27, 1992 - January 3, 1993: "Signs of Affection: Gifts Honoring the Museum's Seventy-Fifth Anniversary."
"Annual Report," CMA Bulletin, 80 (July 1993), p. 246 repr.
CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
Frist Center for the Visual Arts (organizer). Telfair Museum of Art (6/9/2010 - 10/10/2010): "Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris"
Main Gallery Rotation (Gallery 225): October 15, 2014 - January 12, 2015.
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