9.3 x 6.7 cm image on 11.8 x 7 cm vintage gelatin silver print carte postale tipped to 27.94 x 35.56 cm archival board
Signed, in pencil, on recto Estate #P0007E Printed in 1926
When Kertész moved to Paris in 1925 to work as a freelance photographer, he became friendly with many influential artists, including Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, and Tristan Tzara. Kertész's access to these individuals allowed him to create a definitive portrait of the Parisian cultural milieu of the period. Kertész's friendship with Mondrian, the De Stijl painter who was becoming known for his geometric abstractions, resulted in some of Kertész's most famous images.
In 1926, Mondrian invited Kertész to photograph his apartment. He aimed to 'capture in my photographs the spirit of his paintings', but, in addition to photographing the painter's living quarters, Kertész also made this portrait of Mondrian. An extremely rare vintage print, it is a signed and annotated carte postale, a medium that Kertész was primarily working with during the mid -late 1920s.