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Maker(s):Kertész, André
Culture:American, born Hungary (1894-1985)
Title:Chez Mondrian
Date Made:1926
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 15 7/8 x 13 15/16 in; 40.3 x 35.4 cm; Sheet: 9 15/16 x 8 in; 25.2 x 20.3 cm; Image: 9 11/16 x 7 3/16 in; 24.6 x 18.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: verso, ctr. (graphite): A Kertész; TITLE: verso, upr, ctr. (graphite): Chez Mondrian; DATE: verso, upr, ctr. (graphite): 1926; PLACE: verso, upr, ctr. (graphite): Paris
Accession Number:  UM 1978.64
Credit Line:Purchase with funds from the UMass Alumni Class of 1928 and a National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Plan Grant
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
2013 Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition: Shaping the View
Domestic views as seen in André Kertész’s Chez Mondrian (1926) provide an intimate space for the viewer to enter the interior of the home. Kertész, part of the 1920s Parisian avant-garde, renders a simple interior livened up by the presence of a curved flowerpot and banister. The photograph causes one to wonder what lies atop the staircase or through the doorway. Kertész has produced an ironic image that at once recalls the living space of Piet Mondrian while at the same time revealing his absence. The underlying precision in the interior makes the viewer aware that Mondrian has briefly stepped out of the room.
Claire D’Amato and Sarah Horowitz

still lifes; interiors; stairs; domestic space; flowers; tables; doorways

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