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The Art of Vintage Erotica: Brassaï

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  • Brassai, erotica, photography, nude
May 8, 2015

In our newest edition of Provoke we present you with yet another of erotic photographers, a well know photographer Brassaï. Although Brassaï made his name with his dramatic pictures of Paris night life he was no stranger to the nude photography. Brassaï was also a poet, sculptor and painter born in 1899, in Brassó, Romania. His real name was Gyula Halász but he went by the pseudonym Brassaï, which means from Brasso. In 1924 he moved to Paris where he remained for the most of his life. In the beginning he worked as a journalist and was not too much into photography at first. However, his job as a journalist required of him to supplement some pictures for the magazine which quickly evolved into life-long passion.

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Brassai picture, consists of a female figure laying sideward on a bed or chair, revealing her back and bottom. Her head has been cropped, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie
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Left: Brassai – Nude, Courtesy of Shannon CLinton yr2 / Right: Brassai – Aamulet, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie

Paris in-between Wars

Upon settling in Paris Brassaï made friendships with many influential people of the time such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, writer Henry Miller, Henry Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Michaux that he also photographed. In 1933 Brassaï published his first collection book entitled Paris by Night that brought him immense success and recognition resulting in being called the eye of the Paris in Henry Miller’s essay. And Brassaï did become an eye of the city for he portrayed scenes from ordinary life of city’s high society, intellectuals, night life, ballet and opera.

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Left: Brassai – Le Resilles – 1931,32, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie / Right: Brassai – Amphore 1935, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie
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Left: Brassai – La Casque de Cuir, 1932, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie / Right: Brassai – Le Corset Noir 1934, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie

The Art of Vintage Erotica: Brassaï

Apart from roaming the streets of the city at night Brassaï was passionate about erotic photographer. He did most of his abstract nudes in the 1930’s for the inaugural issue of the avant-garde magazine Minotaure. He would cut of model’s heads and legs making the torso twisting and turning, floating in the space like some ambiguous organic form slightly resembling phallus .This transformation of the female body into the fetish that is quite obvious in Brassaï’s work was somewhat typical for Surrealism and it reflects Freud’s psychoanalyses theory that influenced many at the start of the twentieth century. Pictures of nude women are dominating within surreal and Brassaï was the master erotic photographer. He handled light and recuses in his photographs masterfully and distorting and twisting bodies of his sensual female models Brassaï allowed them to emanated sense of mystery and confusion. Brassaï went on to inspire many upcoming photographers dealing with the subject of nude and erotic photography. Check out 10 Nudes by Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Images in Slider: Brassai – Nude Vintage Erotica, 1934 , Courtesy of Pinterest and  Brassaï – Nude Photographs – Silver Print, Courtesy of Piterest

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Brassai – Nude, 1934 – The photograph by Brassai, Consists of a female figure laying sideward on a bed or chair, revealing her back and bottom, Courtesy of NThomson 2 blogspot
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Brassai – Erotic Photography, 1984, Courtesy of Addoway
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Brassai – Female nudes photographer, 1948, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolia
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Brassai – Nude, Vintage Erotic Pictures, 1949, Courtesy of La Petit Melancolie
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Brassai – Nude -Les Resilles, 1932, Courtesy of La Petit Melancolie
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Left: Brassai – Erotic Nude, circa 1933, Courtesy of La Petite Melancolie / Right: Brassai, circa 1920, Courtesy of JP Catavento
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Brassai, Picasso and Jean Marais posing as painter and model, 1944, Courtesy of La Petit Melancolie