1967, printed 1980
(American, b. 1938)
Dye transfer print
Image: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.201
Now a museum, the Jeu de Paume in Paris was built in 1861 as an indoor court for a precursor of tennis.
Joel Meyerowitz here juxtaposes two images of couples that echo one another: one is the painting A Loge at the Italiens by Eva Gonzalès, which hangs in the museum, and the other is the view through the museum window onto a real-life couple. It is a witty pairing, contrasting the 19th and 20th century, an artist’s conception with reality, and painting with photography.
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