Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

Sunset, Esztergom

Hungarian Memory

Sunset, Esztergom

1917, printed 1980

André Kertész

(American, 1894-1985)

printer

Hyperion Press

Gelatin silver print

Image: 17.9 x 24.6 cm (7 1/16 x 9 11/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.2 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2021.118

Location

Did you know?

Esztergom, on the banks of the Danube, is one of Hungary’s oldest towns and was once the country’s capital.

Description

The boaters in André Kertész’s photograph seem to exist in a world of calm, peace, and quiet reflection, enjoying a moment of pleasure and escape as World War I raged across Europe. Kertész, who served in the Austro-Hungarian army throughout the war, was wounded in 1915 and sent to Esztergom to recuperate. He photographed throughout the war, but chose to depict soldiers’ leisurely moments instead of combat.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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