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Lot 41 - Bill Brandt, Nude, London, 1952 

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Bill Brandt (1904 - 1983)
Nude, London, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed 1969
Signed in ink in the margin
34.3 x 29.9 cm (13.5 x 11.75 in)
Frame: 58 x 51 cm ( 22.75 x 20 in)
Alan Klotz Gallery, New York

Condition Report:

This is an immaculate printing of this image with very clean whites. Excellent condition.

German-born Bill Brandt indisputably brought the British to a new understanding of their culture, heritage, and point of view. He started his career in Paris as a studio assistant for Man Ray, but he left his early exposure to surrealism unexplored until after establishing himself in the 1930s as England’s great photojournalist. A turning point came in Brandt’s work in 1944, when, directly following the Normandy invasion, he purchased a wideangle lens camera used by the police to document crime scenes; with this new equipment, Brandt left behind his keenly observed documentation of English public society and turned inward, to strange and wonderful portrayals of the female nude set in private or nearly claustrophobic interiors. His earliest nudes, taken indoors, presenting the models as beautiful aliens, strangely situated on chairs or suggestively positioned in front of recently inhabited beds, with white flesh ethereally lit by large windows or doors left ajar. Over time Brandt moved his camera almost unbearably closer, abstracting the body until it flooded the lens, conjuring fleshy fields with the enormity of an English landscape. Eventually Brandt took a Superwide Hasselblad camera out of doors, travelling to the edge of the sea. There, amongst the rocks and pebbles, the metamorphosis of Brandt’s nudes was complete.

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