The Dancing Faun

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The Dancing Faun


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




Budapest, Hungary, Europe (Place created)




Gelatin silver print

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5.6 × 8.4 cm (2 3/16 × 3 5/16 in.)


© Estate of André Kertész

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We were "sportive," we three brothers.... We went swimming, running, mountain climbing--everything.... [Eugenio] had the body of the good athlete that he was and a fine head for a faun.
-- André Kertész

Sixty years after this photograph was made, André Kertész recalled his life in Hungary with his two brothers, Imre and Eugenio, the latter the model in this photograph. Kertész transformed the silhouetted form of his brother leaping dramatically between leaves of foliage into a mythical creature of fairy tales. The oval trimming of the print creates a precious miniature, contributing to the photograph's whimsical quality.

Rare States and Unusual Subjects: Photographs by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, and Man Ray (July 7 to September 6, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 7 to September 6, 1987
André Kertész: A Centennial Tribute (June 28 to September 4, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 28 to September 4, 1994
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
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
André Kertész (September 28, 2010 to September 11, 2011)
  • Jeu de Paume (Paris), September 28, 2010 to February 6, 2011
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur, February 25 to May 22, 2011
  • Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), June 11 to September 11, 2011

Naef, Weston J. and Judith Keller. Rare States and Unusual Subjects: Photographs by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, and Man Ray, exh. brochure (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987), fig. 3.