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Untitled (Graffiti number 80 from the series "Magic")

Creation Date

printed, ca. 1933-1956


4 11/16 in. x 3 9/16 in. (11.91 cm x 9.1 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

Eastern Europe, Hungarian

Medium and Support

gelatin silver print

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund and the Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Accession Number

In a series that occupied him for three decades, Brassaï documented Parisian graffiti. In his perception, these marks were the scribblings of urban “primitives” who, unhampered by cultural restrictions, expressed themselves subversively and destructively. The menacing faces gouged into walls were found objects that, when photographed by Brassaï at close range and in dramatic lighting, gained the mythic power of symbolic masks.

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