A WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION: THREE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRASSAÏ FROM THE COLLECTION OF FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHER STEFAN LORANT, ONE BOLDLY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY BRASSAÏ
BRASSAÏ. Original photographs. No place, circa 1949-1959. Three black-and-white photographs mounted on cardboard, each photograph measures 9-1/4 inches by 11 inches. $3800.
Three superb original photographs by Brassaï, one boldly signed and inscribed by the photographer: “Les quatre boys de la Villa Lante. bien amicalement, Brassaï. Lenox le 10 juin 73.” From the collection of fellow photographer Stefan Lorant, Brassaï’s close friend and colleague.
The inscribed photograph depicts a striking fountain in Villa Lante, Italy, which features four youths supporting the armorial device (several mountains topped by a star) of Cardinal Montalto, the nephew of Pope Sixtus V who was largely responsible for the architectural wonders erected in the villa during the late 16th century. The inscription is to photojournalist Stefan Lorant as Brassaï mentions the town of Lenox, Massachusetts, which was Lorant’s longtime home, and the stamp on the verso identifies this work as belonging to the collection of Stefan Lorant. The second photograph features the beautiful baroque-style Church of Our Lady O’ Sabara in Brazil. The third image is unidentified but is very likely a church portal. All three photographs bear the stamps of Harper’s Bazaar on the verso and were taken for publication in the magazine during Brassaï’s lengthy tenure as staff photographer (1936-1963). Versos of each photograph with explanatory notes, Harper’s Bazaar stamp and “Stefan Lorant Collection” stamp.
Very light wear to mounts; photographs and inscription fine. A wonderful association.