Oct 21, 2021 - Sale 2583

Sale 2583 - Lot 54

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Two men at Café L'Etoile, Paris. Silver print, the image measuring 6 1/8x9 5/8 inches (15.5x24.4 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with Burckhardt's hand stamp and numeric notations, in ink, on verso. 1934

Additional Details

From the Personal Collection of Aron M. Mathieu (1907-1996), founder of Modern Photography magazine.

Rudy Burckhardt produced this photograph of Paris very early in his career, shortly before emigrating from Switzerland to New York in 1934. Settled in Lower Manhattan, Burckhardt took the same street aesthetic he used in Paris and applied it to the excitement of New York. Robert Frank, his compatriot, would attack New York with similar gusto on his arrival in 1947. Burckhardt's New York photographs from 1937-40 were the subject of the Metropolitan Museum exhibition New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt (2008). Vintage prints by Burckhardt from Paris are unknown to the market.