Brassai (Gyula Halasz) (1899 - 1984) - Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1972)
Title: Picasso facing / Brassai holding his camera (s.7610)
Medium : 2 Vintage Silver Gelatin prints, on the same paper date stamped Feb 7 1967 with fact sheet attached verso
Size: Brassai portrait 170 x 120 mms, Picasso portrait 170 x 115 mms (all 23.5 x 16.7 cms)
Note: This photograph was published to illustrate a book release of Brassai’s work “Picasso and Company” in November 1966. The text verso reads “If you really want to know me read Brassai’s book - (quotation by Picasso). Largely by using Picasso’s own words Brassai, Europe’s dean of documentary photography, has drawn a full length, in depth portrait of a great man. PICASSO AND COMPANY (Doubleday, $6-95) incorporates an intellectual and aesthetic history, Braque, Matisse, Malreux, Andre Breton, Dali, Max Jacob, Sartre, Cocteau, all friends of a man who was simply an artist. Preface by Henry Miller - Introduction by Roland Penrose - 57 photographs. FROM; DOUgLAS ANDREWS, DOUBLEDAY 7 CO, 277 PARK AVENUE, N.Y. TA 6-2000”
These photographs were married together for the book. The Brassai photograph, without the Picasso attatched, sold at a recent Christies auction and was dated as circa 1955 and possibly the Picasso is of similar date.
Condition: The Picasso Portrait: Minor scuffs throughout and small tears. The right hand edge slightly trimmed and a staple mark on the extreme right of the Brassai image. Top left and centre are red markings