Nov 27, 2007

Georges Braque, Varangéville, France

Portfolio IV

Georges Braque, Varangéville, France

1957, printed 1980

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Paul Strand

(American, 1890-1976)


The Paul Strand Foundation

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.4 x 18.7 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.); Paper: 29.5 x 23.3 cm (11 5/8 x 9 3/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

In honor of Brenda and Evan Turner 1988.227.6

Impression: 58



A photographer, cinematographer, and writer, Strand was one of the major artists of the 20th century. He experimented with various photographic techniques but became a proponent of "straight" photography. He and his wife moved to France in 1950 where they lived for the next 20 years. From 1955 to 1957, he made portraits of French intellectuals and artists for an unrealized publication. Here Strand centrally posed the painter Georges Braque (1882-1963) in a doorway, which he often did with his subjects. Nattily dressed, the remarkably vibrant 75-year-old artist appears dignified, almost heroic, and only the shawl hints at his age. The composition reflects Strand's obvious respect for his friend, who was one of the founders of Cubist painting and a pioneer of modern art.

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