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Hands and Noose

Hands and Noose

(Polish, 1897–1985)
Image: 22.8 x 13.2 cm (9 x 5 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view


Hands figure prominently in many Surrealist images, especially portraits where they sometimes serve instead of the eye as a window to an individual’s soul. In this photograph, hands participate in a mysterious, grim shadow drama that threatens a dire end for someone by hanging. This photograph may have been part of a commissioned story about Les Halles, the former central wholesale grocery market of Paris.
  • 1999
    (Phillips, New York, NY, Oct. 5, 1999, no. 73, sold to David Raymond)
    David Raymond [b.1979], New York, NY
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner. Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography : the David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art. 2014. Mentioned: p. 163; reproduced: p.166; Reproduced and mentioned: p. 216
  • Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 19, 2014-January 11, 2015).
  • {{cite web|title=Hands and Noose|url=false|author=Germaine Krull|year=1928|access-date=28 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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