(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Paper: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.1041
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
The widow, who lived alone in a garret in Paris, had known Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin.
Stationed in a photo lab outside Paris while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, the twenty-two-year-old Davidson began photographing the aged widow of Impressionist painter Léon Fauché. In a methodical dedication that would later become typical of Davidson’s working style, he visited Madame Margaret Fauché daily for months, photographing every aspect of her life.
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