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Laure Albin-Guillot - Writer Daniel Rops Lighting Cigarette
Laure Albin-Guillot
Writer Daniel Rops Lighting Cigarette
$3,000
Sale
$2,100
Victor Billaud (attributed to) - Family Zola/Charpentier, W. Desmoulin, and Melle. Bernoud Bilhard (sp?) at Royan
Victor Billaud (attributed to)
Family Zola/Charpentier, W. Desmoulin, and Melle. Bernoud Bilhard (sp?) at Royan
$800
Sale
$560
Brian Brake - Pablo Picasso, Son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a Bullfight, Vallauris, France
Brian Brake
Pablo Picasso, Son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a Bullfight, Vallauris, France
$3,500
Sale
$2,450
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Paul and Nuesch Eluard in Their Apartment
Brassai (Gyula Halasz)
Paul and Nuesch Eluard in Their Apartment
$12,000
Sale
$8,400
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Paul Eluard at His Paris Apartment
Brassai (Gyula Halasz)
Paul Eluard at His Paris Apartment
$2,500
Sale
$1,750
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) - Picasso with
Brassai (Gyula Halasz)
Picasso with "Les Femmes à Leur Toilette"
$7,500
Charles Dargère - Portrait of Onésipe Aguado
Charles Dargère
Portrait of Onésipe Aguado
$2,500
Sale
$1,750
Robert Doisneau - Jacques Prévert in a Telephone Booth
Robert Doisneau
Jacques Prévert in a Telephone Booth
$4,500
Robert Doisneau - Jacques Prévert, Rue de Crimée, Paris
Robert Doisneau
Jacques Prévert, Rue de Crimée, Paris
$6,500
Sale
$4,550
Robert Doisneau - Pierre Neveu and Author Aldous Huxley, on the Terrace of Flore Café, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, Drinking Wine
Robert Doisneau
Pierre Neveu and Author Aldous Huxley, on the Terrace of Flore Café, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, Drinking Wine
$3,000
Paul Dornac - Rodin Standing Outside with Wide Beret, Meudon, France
Paul Dornac
Rodin Standing Outside with Wide Beret, Meudon, France
$2,500
Neil Folberg - Zalman Kleinman Painting in His Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Neil Folberg
Zalman Kleinman Painting in His Studio, Brooklyn, NY
$1,500
Sale
$1,050
By Matt Damsker

The allure of famed authors and visual artists was never lost on photographers, who from the medium's earliest days made portraits of celebrated creators, quickly establishing--or at least advancing--the cult of personality that would blossom in the modern era. As this exhibit shows, as far back as 1850, seminal photographers such as Nadar were posing France’s famous men of letters in all the starchy dignity of 19th-century celebrity, but it wasn’t long before the conventions of author/artist portraiture began to stretch.

By the 20th century, photographers had begun to capture artists more comfortably in their element--often the raffish, roguish or louche element exemplified by portraits of the famous (or notorious) smoking or holding a cigarette or a glass of liquor. The cerebral and self-styled essence of writers and painters such as Norman Mailer, Mark Rothko, Jacques Prevert, William Faulkner, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso or Aldous Huxley demanded a new kind of portraiture, a more candid camera that displayed them as they might be more typically encountered, at café tables or in their studios, amid some Promethean struggle with the muse.

In this exhibit, photographers as diverse as Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank and Arnold Newman are represented by a number of classic portraits that define the genre of the artist photo. Berets, tobacco, searching gazes, and diffident postures are among the touchstones of these vintage visions, and they say a good deal about the self-consciousness of the Western artistic temperament--an outsider’s temperament to a large degree, uncomfortable with the conventions of classical portraiture, filled with dark intensities and touched with daring.

Portraits of Famous People: Writers and Artists
About This Exhibit
Image List

Exhibited and Sold By
Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, Pennsylvania   18914   USA

Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith

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