The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Underwater Swimmer]

Object Details

Title:

[Underwater Swimmer]

Artist/Maker:

André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894 - 1985)

Culture:

American

Place:

Esztergom, Hungary (Place Created)

Date:

negative 1917; print 1970s

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.193.11

Dimensions:

17 × 24.7 cm (6 11/16 × 9 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of André Kertész

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Object Description

Jagged reflections strike the water in electric bolts of light as a swimmer glides through the pool, his curious form looking like a disembodied crab claw. His striped trunks help identify his human form as his head disappears in the movement of the water. The swimmer casts a deep shadow on the shallow bottom, while other shadows melt into the fluid scene, circling his body like swarming black fish. In Andre Kertész's split-second exposure, the swimmer's extended body seems to hover suspended in the water.

Provenance
Provenance
-1984

Daniel Wolf, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
André Kertész: A Centennial Tribute (June 28 to September 4, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 28 to September 4, 1994
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
André Kertész Photographs: Seven Decades (December 18, 2007 to April 13, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 18, 2007 to April 13, 2008
In Focus: Play (December 23, 2014 to May 10, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 23, 2014 to May 10, 2015