Untitled (Umbrellas at Beach)
Untitled (Umbrellas at Beach)
Paris, 1932
Paris, 1932
At the Races, Paris, 1931
At the Races, Paris, 1931
Drunken farmer, Hortobagy Plain, Hungary, 1993
Drunken farmer, Hortobagy Plain, Hungary, 1993
Balloon over Paris, c. 1930
Balloon over Paris, c. 1930
Park Lane, c 1934
Park Lane, c 1934
Street with Windowless Houses, Houses in the Outskirts of Halifax
Street with Windowless Houses, Houses in the Outskirts of Halifax
Maid in Window, c. 1930s
Maid in Window, c. 1930s
Parlourmaid Preparing a Bath before Dinner, c. 1937
Parlourmaid Preparing a Bath before Dinner, c. 1937
Coal Miner Washing Himself After Work, c. 1937
Coal Miner Washing Himself After Work, c. 1937
Garden Party, c. 1936
Garden Party, c. 1936
Drawingroom in Kensington, c 1938
Drawingroom in Kensington, c 1938
Late Evening in the Kitchen, 1938
Late Evening in the Kitchen, 1938
Early Morning (Fog), 1934-35
Early Morning (Fog), 1934-35
Children's Party, Kensington, 1934-35
Children's Party, Kensington, 1934-35
Black Out, Bloomsbury, March 1942
Black Out, Bloomsbury, March 1942
St Paul's Cathedral in the Moonlight
St Paul's Cathedral in the Moonlight
People Sheltering in the Tube, Elephant & Castle Tube Station, 1940
People Sheltering in the Tube, Elephant & Castle Tube Station, 1940
The Woodman's Daughter, 1948
The Woodman's Daughter, 1948
Nude, London, January 1956
Nude, London, January 1956
Nude, August 1944
Nude, August 1944
Nude, Hampstead, London, September 1952
Nude, Hampstead, London, September 1952
Nude, London, April 1955
Nude, London, April 1955
Campden Hill, 1947
Campden Hill, 1947
Nude, Belgravia, London, 1958
Nude, Belgravia, London, 1958
Nude, London, August 1950
Nude, London, August 1950
Nude, c. 1957
Nude, c. 1957
Nude, London, 1956
Nude, London, 1956
Camden Hill, London, 1958
Camden Hill, London, 1958
Nude, London, 1954
Nude, London, 1954
Nude, Belgravia, London, February 1953
Nude, Belgravia, London, February 1953
Nude, London, c. 1950s
Nude, London, c. 1950s
Nude, Camden Hill, London, December 1950
Nude, Camden Hill, London, December 1950
St John's Wood, London, July 1957
St John's Wood, London, July 1957
Nude, July 1960
Nude, July 1960
Nude, Hampstead, August 1953
Nude, Hampstead, August 1953
Nude, London, 1956
Nude, London, 1956
Nude, London, March, 1958
Nude, London, March, 1958
Nude, London, c. 1940s
Nude, London, c. 1940s
Nude, London, 1960s
Nude, London, 1960s
Mayfair, c. 1938
Mayfair, c. 1938
London, 1930
London, 1930
Public School Cricket, c. 1935
Public School Cricket, c. 1935
Parlourmaid Serving Tea, 1934
Parlourmaid Serving Tea, 1934
Train Leaving Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1937
Train Leaving Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1937
November in the Suburbs
November in the Suburbs
Backstreet in Jarrow
Backstreet in Jarrow
Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933
Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933
Northumbrian Miner at his Evening Meal, 1937
Northumbrian Miner at his Evening Meal, 1937
Cocktails in a Surrey Garden, c. 1935
Cocktails in a Surrey Garden, c. 1935
Evening, Kew Gardens, 1930s
Evening, Kew Gardens, 1930s
Edith and Osbert Sitwell at Renishaw, 1945
Edith and Osbert Sitwell at Renishaw, 1945
At the Races, 1931
At the Races, 1931
Winter in the Park
Winter in the Park
Tic-Tac Men, 1933-35
Tic-Tac Men, 1933-35
Nude, 1937
Nude, 1937
Policeman in a Dockland Alley, Bermondsey, 1938
Policeman in a Dockland Alley, Bermondsey, 1938
A Snicket in Halifax, 1937
A Snicket in Halifax, 1937
Nude, 1934
Nude, 1934
Alberto Giacometti's Eye, 1963
Alberto Giacometti's Eye, 1963
Antoni Tapies, 1964
Antoni Tapies, 1964
Jean Arp's Eye, 1960
Jean Arp's Eye, 1960
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Stonehenge in Snow
Stonehenge in Snow
Barbary Castle, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire, 1948
Barbary Castle, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire, 1948
Nude, East Sussex Coast, June 1958
Nude, East Sussex Coast, June 1958
Nude, East Sussex Coast, May 1957
Nude, East Sussex Coast, May 1957
Nude, Baie des Anges, France, 1959
Nude, Baie des Anges, France, 1959
Nude, St Cyprien, 1951
Nude, St Cyprien, 1951
Nude, East Sussex Coast, 10 January 1958
Nude, East Sussex Coast, 10 January 1958
Clenched Hand on Rocks
Clenched Hand on Rocks
East Sussex Coast, 1959
East Sussex Coast, 1959
Nude, Vasterival Beach, Normandy, June 1954
Nude, Vasterival Beach, Normandy, June 1954
Nude, East Sussex, 17 July 1978
Nude, East Sussex, 17 July 1978
East Sussex Coast, May 1957
East Sussex Coast, May 1957
Nude (negative image)
Nude (negative image)
Nude, Vasterival Beach, Normandy, May 1957
Nude, Vasterival Beach, Normandy, May 1957
Gull's Nest, Late on Midsummer Night, Isle of Skye, November 1947
Gull's Nest, Late on Midsummer Night, Isle of Skye, November 1947
Self Portrait with Mirror, East Sussex Coast, 1966
Self Portrait with Mirror, East Sussex Coast, 1966
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Bill Brandt

Early Prints from the Collection of the Family


April 4 - May 11, 2013
New York

Edwynn Houk Gallery is delighted to present a selection of vintage prints by the British photographer, Bill Brandt, from the collection of the artist’s family. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 4th, from 7-9 pm. The exhibition coincides with the major retrospective that is currently at the Museum of Modern Art, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light (until August 12). Edwynn Houk Gallery has exclusively represented the Estate of Bill Brandt for 30 years.

Bill Brandt (British, b. Germany, 1904-1983) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most innovative photographers of the twentieth century, with a professional career spanning over 50 years. Working in a variety of styles and genres – from photojournalistic documents of English society in the 1930s and life in London during World War II, to portraits of England’s artistic elite, and finally to his surrealist and ground breaking nudes of the 1950s – Brandt’s diverse output as a photographer reflected the wide variety of his interests. Consequently, Brandt cannot be reduced to a single style or look. The prints on view will clearly articulate this variety.

This exhibition will present photographs from his family’s collection, many of which will be on view for the first time. It will include prints that explore British society, taken during the time of his first two publications, The English at Home (1936) and A Night in London (1938). Throughout the 1930s and 40s, his photographic dramatizations focused on the vast differences between the social classes and decidedly English types, seen in “Parlourmaid at a Window in Kensington,” 1939, and “Barmaid at the Crooked Billet Tower Hill,” 1939. The strong influence of Brassaï’s “Paris du Nuit” can be felt in his “Soho Bedroom,” 1934.

The journalistic assignments during the War laid the foundation of his subsequent career, with portraits of writers (“Dylan Thomas and his Wife Caitlin, in Their Room, Manresa Road, Chelsea,” 1944), and artists (“Eye Portrait, Henry Moore,” 1960) as well as English landscapes (“Stonehenge under Snow,” 1947). It is in these photographs that Brandt’s shift away from the purely documentary to the more poetic can be keenly felt. A bewildering and beguiling atmosphere permeates, compounded by Brandt’s own reticence. He quietly insisted that the images should speak for themselves.

Finally, in the 1950s, Brandt gained renown as an artist and not just a photographer, with his stunning and unforgettable nudes. The mastery of the female nude has long been considered an important threshold for a photographer, and it’s Brandt’s creative use of shadow, reflection and a wide-angle lens for a dramatic, almost surrealist, perspective that makes his nudes so distinctive and unique. Brandt had done some work in fashion photography in the late 1940s, but like Man Ray and Erwin Blumenfeld who before him in Paris had done fashion work, Brandt often had more interest in the model than what she wore. His radical reworking of the genre can be seen in “Belgravia London,” 1953 and “East Sussex Coast,” 1957.

Brandt was born in Germany to an aristocratic British banking family. Suffering from tuberculosis as a teenager, he spent seven years recovering at a Swiss sanatorium. It is there that he first took up photography. As a young man, he lived in Vienna and then in Paris, where he worked in the atelier of Man Ray. Finally, in 1934, he relocated to Britain permanently. Brandt continues to be considered Britain’s greatest photographer of the modern era, and certainly one of the major forces in the elevation of photography as an art form.

For additional information or images please contact the gallery at 212-750-7070 or info@houkgallery.com.

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