Brassaï – aka Gyula Halász (1899-1984, Hungarian)

Brassaï 1973 Ansel Adams

Brassaï, 1973
Ansel Adams

Brassaï (meaning coming from Brasso) was also known as Gyula Halász (1899-1984). Brassaï became a famous photographer, filmmaker and sculptor in the period between the two World Wars. Before joining a cavalry regiment in the Austro-Hungarian army and serving until the end of WWI, Brassaï studied painting and sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. After WWI, Brassaï  moved to Paris where he would live for the rest of his life. At first he worked as a journalist becoming friends with Henry Miller and Jacques Prévert.  Later Brassaï learned that he could supplement his income by adding photographs to his articles. Brassaï captured the essence of night-time Paris, in particular the district of Montparnasse, in his photographs, and his 1933 book Paris de nuit was a success.  He photographed is friends: Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Alberto Giacometti also all famous cat lovers. Many of Brassaï’s own photographs capture cats in natural city settings, but some photographs purposely depict the cat as mysterious and symbolic of desire, femininity, and motherhood. In 1948, he gained international fame through his exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  He is buried in Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.

cat and bottles 1938

1938

 

Cat on a Window Ledge 1938

Cat on a Window Ledge
1938

 

Cat and Hat 1937

Cat and Hats
 1937

 

White Cat 1938

White Cat
 1938

 

Untitled cat in window 1930

Untitled
 1938

 

Chat Colette 1938

Chat Colette
 1938

 

Woman with a Cat in an Opium Den 1931

Woman with a Cat in an Opium Den
1931

 

Black Cat 1945, Brassai, cats in photographs

Black Cat
1945

 

Elizabeth with the Cat Lududu 1942, cat photography

Elizabeth with the Cat
Lududu
1942

 

Cat in the Window, cat photography

Cat in the Window

 

Bistrot Cat 1944 cat photographs

Bistrot Cat
1944

 

Tramp with his Cat, cat photography

Tramp with his Cat

 

Cat and Kittens, cat photography

Cat and Kittens

 

Pregnant Woman with Cat in window, cat photography

Pregnant Woman with Cat in Window
1945

 

Black Cat on Steps 1945, cat photography

Black Cat on Steps
1945

 

Stray Cat, cat photography

Stray Cat

 

Brassai cat, cat photography

 

cat photography

 

cats, cat photography

 

Concierge with Cats Paris 1946, cat photography

Concierge with Cats
Paris
1946

 

Jean Paul Sartre with Cat, cat photography

Jean Paul Sartre with Cat

 

cat photography, Brassai

1946

 

Jacques Prévert and Cat 1948, cat photography

Jacques Prévert and Cat
1948

 

Cat on a Windowsill 1953, cat photography

Cat on a Windowsill
1953

 

Cat of Athens 1953, cat photography

Cat of Athens
1953

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