The J. Paul Getty Museum

Distortion #48

Object Details

Title:

Distortion #48

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

American

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1933

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

85.XM.176.5

Dimensions:

24.1 × 19.4 cm (9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of André Kertész

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Object Description

Kertész was invited to create nude studies for the Parisian men's magazine Le Sourire(The Smile). He purchased three curved mirrors at a junk shop and worked with two models provided by the editor. Kertész photographed the mirrors, which contorted the human form into fantastic, elongated shapes. These humorous photographic grotesques, made at the same time Pablo Picasso was painting oddly proportioned female bodies, also anticipate the work of modern sculptors such as Henry Moore.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
In Focus: The Nude (October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008