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Published 17 September 2019

Brassaï

Exhibition

Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday 13 September 2019 - Wednesday 4 December 2019
Ends in 46 days 0h

Foam is proud to announce the first retrospective of Brassaï in the Netherlands. This French photographer of Hungarian descent is considered as one of the key figures of 20th-century photography. Brassaï (1899- 1984) created countless iconic images of 1930s Parisian life.

 - Couple in a Café, near the place d’Italie, c. 193 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork Couple in a Café, near the place d’Italie, c. 193 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork View through the pont Royal toward the pont Solferino, c 1933 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork Streetwalker near Place d'Italie, 1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork Gala Soiree at Maxims, 1949 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Matisse with his Model, 1939 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Preview thumbnail for artwork On the Boulevard Saint Jacques, 1930-1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
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He was famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city, but also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals - among them his friends and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. The exhibition at Foam traces his career with over 170 vintage prints, plus a selection of drawings, a sculpture and documentary material.

Gyula Halász, Brassaï's original name, was born in 1899 in Brassó, Transylvania (then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, nowadays Brasov, Romania). He studied at the University of Arts in Berlin before finally settling in Paris in 1924, a city that was to become the main subject of his work. He started as a painter but soon discovered that his strongest and most original talent lay in photography. To keep his real name for his paintings, he signed journalistic work, caricatures and photographs with ‘Brassaï’ (‘from Brassó). His photos would make this pseudonym more famous than his real name. Brassaï’s work of the 1930s would become a cornerstone of a new tradition as photography was discovered as a medium with aesthetic potential. A generation earlier photographers had merely emulated the established arts. Now photography became an art in itself and the perfect medium to capture modern life.
 - View through the pont Royal toward the pont Solferino, c 1933 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
 - Streetwalker near Place d'Italie, 1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
 - Gala Soiree at Maxims, 1949 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
 - Henri Matisse with his Model, 1939 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
 - On the Boulevard Saint Jacques, 1930-1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
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