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Bowl with Sugar Cubes
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© Estate of André Kertész

André Kertész
American, France, 1928
Gelatin silver print
6 9/16 x 6 1/2 in.
84.XM.193.46

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While living in Paris as a young photographer during the 1920s, Kertész became intrigued by still life, a motif that he continually returned to throughout his long career. Bowl with Sugar Cubes demonstrates his interest in the compositional possibilities of layering basic geometric forms on top of one another--three rectangles in a circle (sugar cubes and a bowl) and a circle in a square (the bowl and the cropped printing paper). Visual sophistication is achieved through his adroit use of simple objects and dramatic lighting.