The J. Paul Getty Museum

Meudon, France

Object Details

Title:

Meudon, France

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

American

Place:

Meudon, France (Place Created)

Date:

negative 1928; print 1970s

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.193.14

Dimensions:

24.8 × 17.4 cm (9 3/4 × 6 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of André Kertész

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Object Description

A man walks toward the camera carrying a newspaper-wrapped parcel. Overhead a locomotive train smokes through the sky on a viaduct. Men and women come and go on the narrow street, which terminates in a construction scene at the base of the elevated tracks.

Is the village road open or being opened to through traffic, as the curving white path through the arch on the right might suggest? The train and construction represent progress and modernization and as such are encroachments upon the quaint neighborhood that Andre Kertész photographed with his new 35mm camera. He froze the train in motion at exactly the moment when it was framed between the buildings.

Provenance
Provenance
-1984

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

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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