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Brassai





 

Brassai (Gyula Halasz)

(b Brasso, Transylvania, Hungary [now Romania], 9 Sept 1899; d Nice, 8 July 1984).

French photographer, draughtsman, sculptor and writer of Hungarian birth. The son of a Hungarian professor of French literature, he lived in Paris in 1903–4 while his father was on sabbatical there, and this early experience of the city greatly impressed him. In 1917 he met the composer Béla Bartók, and from 1918 to 1919 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Due to the hostility between Hungary and France in World War I he was unable to study in France and so moved to Berlin in late 1920. There he became acquainted with László Moholy-Nagy, Kandinsky and Kokoschka and in 1921–2 attended the Akademische Hochschule in Charlottenburg, Berlin. He was a keen draughtsman and while there produced a series of characteristic drawings of nudes executed in an angular, emphatic style. In 1924 he moved to Paris, where he quickly became involved with the artists and poets of the Montmartre and Montparnasse districts while supporting himself as a journalist. In 1925 he adopted the name Brassai, derived from that of his native town, and throughout that year he continued drawing as well as making sculptures. In 1926 he met André Kertész, who introduced him to photography. In 1930 Brassai began taking photographs of Paris at night, concentrating on its architecture and the nocturnal activities of its inhabitants. These were collected and published as Paris de nuit in 1933 and showed the night workers, cafés, brothels, theatres, streets and buildings of the capital. The artificial lighting created strong tonal contrasts, lending the images a strikingly evocative beauty. Some of his photographs were included in the exhibition Modern European Photographers at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1932, and the following year at the Arts et Métiers Graphiques in Paris he had a one-man show of his photographs of Paris, which travelled to the Batsford Gallery in London the same year.


 


Passion Graffiti
1939


 


Swastika Graffiti


 


Transmutation NO. VIII "Tentation de Saint Antoine"
1934-50


 


Sevillance Denudee from the series: Transmutations
1934


 


Offrande from the series: Transmutations


 


Femme aux voiles from the series: Transmutations


 


Fete Foraine


 


Miro dans son atelier a Barcelone
1955





Henri Matisse and his model
1939





Washing in Brothel
1932




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Seville en fete


 


Untitled (serie VIII, La Magie)
1935-1950


 


Girls doing gymnastics


 


Pont Neuf in Paris
1932


 


Picasso at Cafe Flore


 


Paris, Canal Saint-Martin
1931


 


L'entree du bal Tabarin
1932


 


Homosexual Couple at Magic City Ball, Paris
1932


 


Un Couple le bal des Quat’z Arts
1931


 


L'Oiseau de feu'aux Folies Bergeres


 


A Monastic Brothel, Rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Quartier Latin


 


Rome Metro Station
1933-1934


 


Beggar in the Metro, Paris


 


Conchita's Dance, Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui
1931


 


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Little Ballerina Checks the Hem of Her Tutu


 


Paper clips


 


Still Life at the Six-Day Cycle Race at the Velodrome d'Hiver


 


Wave on the Cote Nicoise


 


Linge, Megeve


 


Neige au jardin du Luxembourg


 


L'amour du marin
1932


 


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Prostitute


 


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Fille derričre le rideau
1932


 


Chez Suzy


 


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Prostitute
 

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