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Image of Meudon 9410


André Kertész (Hungary, 1894 - 1985, New York City, New York)



Creation Date



20th century


7 1/16 in. x 9 3/4 in. (17.9 cm. x 24.8 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

gelatin silver print

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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In Meudon, the dissimilarity between the viaduct, the construction at its base, and the dilapidated rowhouses is as unsettling as the man furtively walking towards the viewer with a large package under his arm. Visually tying it all together is the train steaming overhead into the scene. To capture this fleeting image, Kertész relied on his new Leica, a portable camera that allowed him to act quickly when he encountered marvelous tableaus as he wandered the streets.

Keywords: architecture in art   bridge   building   city life   image of Paris   man   Surrealism   train   viaduct   walking  

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