Willy Ronis: Nu provençal, Gordes , 1949
Silver Gelatin Print
12 x 16 in.
Signed on recto; titled and dated on verso with notations and studio stamp.
This image of his wife, Marie-Anne Lansiaux, is without a doubt Willy Ronis' best-known and most frequently reproduced image!
Ronis was born in Paris in 1910. Becoming a full-time photographer relatively late in life, he joined Doisneau, Brassaï and others at the Rapho Agency in 1945. He was the first French photographer to work for LIFE Magazine. Edward Steichen showed his work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 in the show Five French Photographers (the other four were Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Izis and Brassaï).
When he passed away in September of 2009 at the age of 99, an obituary in the Guardian said of his work, "his early experiences photographing weddings, christenings and communions caused him to resist the stiff, prevailing fashions, and he believed that spontaneity offered greater insights than the scrutiny of a subject frozen in time. The striking liveliness of his pictures, often taken on the streets of poor quarters of Paris, form many of our most familiar images of the city. 'Most of my photographs were taken on the spur of the moment, very quickly, just as they occurred,' he once said. "All attention focuses on the specific instant, almost too good to be true, which can only vanish in the following one.'"
Print is in excellent condition.