Inge Morath Photograph of Picasso - image 1 of 3

A "family portrait" photograph of Picasso's nephew standing before an oil painting of Picasso. Black and white silver gelatin print. MAGNUM photo library print verso. Exhibited MacGill Gallery. A deeply psychological portrait of the painter Pablo Picasso as a young artist and his close look-alike nephew. Both men wear a similar mustache. We see the plainly dressed Picasso in the background and his smartly dressed nephew in the foreground. Picasso's gaze is directed toward the viewer, while his nephew looks away, preoccupied. This family portrait invites us to consider the family resemblance and the difference in personality.

Ingeborg Hermine Morath ( 27 May 1923 – 30 January 2002) was an Austrian photographer. In 1953, she joined the Magnum Photos Agency, founded by top photographers in Paris, and became a full photographer with the agency in 1955.
Morath's achievements during her first decade of work as a photographer are significant. Along with Eve Arnold, she was among the first women members of Magnum Photos, which remains to this day a predominantly male organization. Many critics have written of the playful surrealism that characterizes Morath's work from this period. Morath attributed this to the long conversations she had with Cartier-Bresson during their travels in Europe and the United States. Morath's work was motivated by a fundamental humanism, shaped as much by her experience of war as by its lingering shadow over post-war Europe. In Morath's mature work, she documents the endurance of the human spirit under situations of extreme duress, as well as its manifestations of ecstasy and joy.
Some of Morath's signal achievements are in portraiture, including posed images of celebrities as well as fleeting images of anonymous passersby. Her pictures of Boris Pasternak's home, Pushkin's library, Chekhov's house, Mao Zedong's bedroom, as well as artists' studios and cemetery memorials, are permeated with the spirit of invisible people still present. The writer Philip Roth, whom Morath photographed in 1965, described her as "the most engaging, sprightly, seemingly harmless voyeur I know. If you're one of her subjects, you hardly know your guard is down and your secret recorded until it's too late. She is a tender intruder with an invisible camera."

Condition: Under a mat. No damage.
Dimensions: 6 5/8 inches high x 9 7/8 inches wide.
Weight: 1 pound.

Black, White
Modern European Art, Post-war and Contemporary art
Post-War, Realism, Realist, Surrealist
Austria • Austrian
Mid 20th Century

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