Image Date: 1933-34
Print Date: 1930s
The glass plate negative of this image was broken, and it is a very rare image. Mme. Gilberte Brassai wrote in pencil on the verso: "Je certifie que cette photographie a ete executee par M. Brassai. La reference est de sa main." The size, title and the reference to the broken plate is in Brassai's own hand in pencil on the verso, as his wife makes note of. Stamped on the verso with Brassai's early Fauberg stamp and with Gilbert's copyright stamp. See: Brassai: From Surrealism to Art Informel, p.144, pl.79 and Labyrinthe, No. 14, November 15, 1945, p.11, "Le Sommeil". This image has the same negative number on it as a Brassai-marked up copy of the article in Labyrinthe and may be the actual image that was used in the famed surrealistic magazine. For Brassai a very good clean print with only a couple of minor thumbnails. Shipping and insurance costs will be added to the price and must be paid for by the buyer. Pennsylvania and New York buyers must pay appropriate sales tax. International clients are responsible for their VAT and other custom's oriented charges.