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Carrefours, Blois

Accession Number
2013/2.297

Title
Carrefours, Blois

Artist(s)
André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1930, printed circa 1970

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
9 5/8 in x 7 1/16 in (24.45 cm x 17.94 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider

Subject matter
One of a number of aerial views that André Kertész photographed in the 1930s, this scene depicts a T-shaped intersection in Blois, France. Photographing straight down, Kertész creates an unusual, flattened perspective on the street below, in which the roof tiles in the lower left corner provide a visual parallel with the cobblestones that pave the street and sidewalk far below. Old and new come together in this scene, as the photographer's perspective transforms the aging architecture into a series of abstract geometric shapes and patterns, a highly modern composition that is interrupted by a horse-drawn cart that bisects the center of the image.

Physical Description
Aerial view of a cobblestone-paved intersection showing a horse-drawn carriage, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
aerial photography
architecture (object genre)
carriages (vehicles)
carts
cyclists
horses (equipment)
intersections
street scenes
streets

4 Related Resources

Transportation
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
Bicycles
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
André Kertész
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography W20 - Dash Moore)

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