“Best known for his provocative and enigmatic images of Parisian life between the two world wars, the photographer Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) is one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century photography. Called “the eye of Paris” by his friend Henry Miller, Brassaï’s work both celebrates and reveals the complexities and hidden sides of French society and culture.
“This thematic survey of his career focuses on his celebrated depictions of 1930s Paris, where he photographed lovers, prostitutes, workers, and gatherings in cafés, bars, and dance halls with an intimate candor that’s still striking today. The exhibition also includes powerful portraits of his artist friends—Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Henri Matisse, among others—and the city’s creative avant-garde. Brassaï brings together outstanding prints of the artist’s best work along with many never-before-seen photographs.”
The Brassaï exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Art promises to be just amazing. Brassaï was born in Brassó, Kingdom of Hungary in 1899. His parents were Hungarian and Armenian. He moved to Paris in 1924 and eventually became a naturalized French citizen. Besides photography, Brassaï was a talented writer, filmmaker and sculptor. His works include portraits of the rich and famous of the time whose circles he was a part of, but they also document the life and feeling in Paris in the time period between the two World Wars. If you are anywhere near SF while this is exhibit is on, definitely check it out.
When: November 17, 2018–February 18, 2019
Where: 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA
Hours: Open Friday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Open Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Closed Wednesday.