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André Kertész

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Peggy Guggenheim, 1945
Gelatin-silver print, 24.1 x 19.4 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift, Canton Argovia, Switzerland, In recognition of the origin
of the Guggenheim family in Lengnau 2001.43


This portrait of Peggy Guggenheim depicts her in her ‘duplex’ apartment at 155 East 61st Street, New York. Behind her is a painting by Paul Delvaux, The Break of Day (1937), indicating Peggy’s commitment to Surrealist art. The menacing shadow is cast by a bottle decorated by her former husband, Laurence Vail, and the device of reflecting (and deforming) the sitter in a convex mirror recalls Surrealist photography by Kertész of the 1930s.

credits: Hangar Design Group