Andre Kertesz

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"Kertész always insisted, only somewhat disingenuously, that he was, as he called it, an 'amateur.' And so he was in a way. Not in the sense of the unskilled or unprofessional hack, but in the root sense of the word, as someone who does what he does not for fame and fortune, but for love. . . . What he tried to maintain in his art was, as curator Sarah Greenough points out . . . a kind of artistic virginity. Kertész's genius was his passion, his romanticism, his knack for seeing something fresh, as if it had never been looked at, at least not

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"Kertész always insisted, only somewhat disingenuously, that he was, as he called it, an 'amateur.' And so he was in a way. Not in the sense of the unskilled or unprofessional hack, but in the root sense of the word, as someone who does what he does not for fame and fortune, but for love. . . . What he tried to maintain in his art was, as curator Sarah Greenough points out . . . a kind of artistic virginity. Kertész's genius was his passion, his romanticism, his knack for seeing something fresh, as if it had never been looked at, at least not quite that way, before."—Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

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"The age of the romantic sensibility in photography may be over, replaced by an age of irony. But as André Kertész demonstrates, its innocent charms remain beguiling."—Andy Grundberg, Washington Post

"People who know photography revere André Kertész as one of the medium's great practitioners, a modernist innovator. . . . But he never achieved the kind of popular name recognition that artists like Cartier-Cresson, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans and Ansel Adams did. . . . [T]hat makes his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Art here that much more wonderfully revelatory. The show was organized by Sarah Greenough, head of the museum's photography department, and it is accompanied by an excellent catalog that provides an unusually illuminating biography of the artist. . . . What distinguishes Kertész's work is not a particular visual style or signature subject matter, but its emotional resonance. Undoubtedly Kertész was a great formalist, but in his most persuasive pictures, form is put to the service of feeling."—Ken Johnson, The New York Times

"A highly informative, thoughtful, and readable catalogue with excellent reproductions."—Rex Weil, ARTNews

"André Kertész saw with his heart's eye. He was a small, primly handsome Hungarian with a diaphanous vision—his camera did not so much peel away veils of reality as lay on a faint, pellucid veil of aesthetic contemplation. . . . [A]s the detail-rich essays in André Kertész by Sarah Greenough, Robert Gurbo and Sarah Kennel make clear, he was a deeply aware man."—David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691121147
  • Publisher: National Gallery of Art
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Greenough is curator and head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Robert Gurbo is curator of the Kertesz Foundation in New York. Sarah Kennel is research associate at the National Gallery of Art.
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Table of Contents

Director’s Forward viii
Lender’s to the Exhibition xi
Introduction xii
A Hungarian Diary, 1894-1925 by Sarah Greenough 1
Plates 1-32
To Become a Virgin Again, 1925-1936 by Sarah Greenough 59
Plates 33-74
The Circle of Confusion, 1936-1961 by Robert Gurbo 141
Plates 75-95
La Réunion, 1962-1985 by Robert Gurbo 191
Plates 94-116
Chronology, 1894-1985 by Sarah Kennel 245
Notes 269
Acknowledgments 285
Checklist of the Exhibition 289
Selected Bibliography 295
Index 299
Photographic Credits 302

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