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Hugo Gellert (1892 - 1985)



April 29, 1999
New York, NY, US

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Kertsz, Andr Hugo Gellert, Paris Gelatin silver print on carte postale. Circa 1926. Signed and annotated Paris in pencil in the margin. 4.1/8 x 2in. (10.5 x 6.4cm.) NOTES Born in Hungary in 1892, Hugo Gellert emigrated with his family at the age of thirteen to New York, where he spent his childhood and young adult years. After attending the National Academy of Design, he left for Paris in 1914 to study at the Academie Julien. As a fellow Hungarian, Gellert was among the circle of avant-garde artists and writers that Kertsz knew in Paris in the 1920s (see previous lot). Gellert returned to New York's Greenwich Village, where he became deeply involved in the radical labor movements of the 1930s. His drawings appeared in nearly every issue of the Liberator and New Masses. In 1932, he was one of three artists asked to submit a mural design for the newly opened Museum of Modern Art. Throughout his career he continued to work for and teach about art for the public.

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April 29, 1999, 12:00 AM EST

New York, NY, US