Front view
Inv. No.S-1869
ArtistAndré Kertészborn 1894 in Hungarydied 1985 in USA

"Melancholic Tulip"

Year1939 / 1960

gelatin silver print

Dimensions24,7 x 18 cm

signed and dated (pencil) on verso


In 1936, Kertész moved with his wife, Elizabeth, to New York. He made the  photograph Melancholic Tulip just three years after their arrival. Using distortion mirrors, a technique he had experimented with in Paris, he created it as a self-portrait representative of his disillusionment over a stalled photographic career and difficult transition to life in America. Although he only intended to stay in the U.S. for a short time, the outbreak of World War II made his return to Paris impossible.  It was a difficult period for the artist, and he had problems making professional connections in New York.
(Nancy Barr, Photography – A Detroit Institute of Arts Blog, 2010)

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S-1869, "Melancholic Tulip"
André Kertész, "Melancholic Tulip", 1939
S-1869, Front view
© André Kertész Estate
S-1869, verso view
André Kertész, "Melancholic Tulip", 1939
S-1869, verso view
S-2238, Elfriede Mejchar, untitled, 1999
Elfriede Mejchar, untitled, 1999
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© André Kertész Estate