Franz Hubmann made an essential contribution to modern Austrian photography; as photo journalist and picture editor he influenced up-coming generations of photographers and established an international reputation.
Besides other prominent artists, he portrayed Cubist painter George Braques (1882–1963) in the summer of 1957 in Paris, declared mecca of art those days. With an sloppy attitude, the 75-year-old sits within a small group of garden furniture, one arm leaning on the table, the other on his lap, his eyes focussing the camera with an impish glance. Hubmann captured the artist in a composition virtually reminding of one of Braques' Cubist paintings – his full-length portrait is embedded in an almost abstract play of rectangles, lines and circles, different shapes and textures.
Gelatin silver print, print date: 1970s
Bildmaße 40 x 31,1 cm (40 x 31,1 inch)
Objektmaße 40 x 31,1 cm (40 x 31,1 inch)
Montage, Rahmen Archival mat board 60x50 cm
Early exhibition print, signed by the photographer in black ink in the image lower right, also his copyright stamp, signature, date and annotations in ink on the reverse
Hans Schaumberger (ed.), Franz Hubmann. Zeitgenossen, Zeitgenossen. Photographien 1950–1980, Vienna / Munich 1984, p. 107; Franz Hubmann, Das Photographische Werk, Vienna / Munich 1999, p. 23; Margit Zuckriegl, Gerald Piffl (ed.), Franz Hubmann, Photograph, Vienna 2001, p. 55.
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