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Hungarian Landscape, Puszta

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Hungarian Landscape, Puszta

André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1914, printed 1980

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

8 1/16 in x 9 15/16 in (20.48 cm x 25.24 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Strauss

Subject matter
​Photographed in the Hungarian village of Szigetbecse, this image depicts a draw well in the Great Hungarian Plain known as the Puszta. Kertész spent time in the region as a young man when he was working at the Budapest Stock and Commodities Exchange, and the open landscape of the Puszta likely provided a much needed antidote to office life. Kertész's photograph depicts the well in the center of a broad grassy plain, dotted with trees on either side, and dramatically positions the pump against the sky, which fills the upper half of the image. This image was included in a portfolio of 15 photographs entitled "A Hungarian Memory," which was published by Hyperion Press in 1980.

Physical Description
Photograph of a well in the center of a landscape below cloud-filled skies.

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Collection Area

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landscapes (environments)
landscapes (representations)
plains (landforms)
wells (structures)

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