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Eiffel Tower, Paris
Gelatin silver print
19.5 x 22.8 cm (7 11/16 x 9 ins)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987, Accession Number: 1987.1100.2, © The Estate of André Kertész / Higher Pictures
Born in Budapest, Kertész moved to Paris in 1925 and immersed himself in the artistic life of the city. As seen in this idiosyncratic, lyrical view of the iconic Eiffel Tower, he blended Cubist and Surrealist influences with a photo-journalistic approach. Kertész made this photograph to illustrate a magazine article written by a fellow Hungarian expatriate, Gyula Halász (soon renamed Brassaï), to celebrate the tower’s fortieth anniversary.