Gisèle Freund: L'œil Frontière

Ten years after the exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou, The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent re-proposes Gisèle Freund through an exhibition of a hundred prints and numerous archival documents. The show runs until January 29, 2012 in Paris, France.


The 16th exhibition hosted by The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent since its inception in 2002, GISÈLE FREUND – L’ŒIL FRONTIÈRE brings to the limelight the work of a photographer known for pioneering colour portraiture and projection photography.

Virginia Woolf, London, 1939 Colour dye transfer print, 30 × 20 cm © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC via
Jean Cocteau, Paris, 1939 Colour print © Gisèle Freund / Galerie de France Collection, Paris via""

Circulating at the heart of the rich Parisian literary scene of the 1930s, Freund held a privileged relationship with writers. Well versed in the contemporary literature of the time, Freund understood that to win the trust of writers unaccustomed to sitting for portraits, she had to use an intellectual approach to connect with her subjects. This way, Freund met some of the greatest literary figures of the pre-war generation including James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

James Joyce, Paris, 1939 Colour dye transfer print © Gisèle Freund / Freund Family Collection via
James Joyce, Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier at the Maison des Amis des Livres, Paris, 1938 © Photo Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC via""

Gisèle Freund L’Œil frontière Paris 1933-1940 will be open until January 29th 2012 at 5, avenue Marceau 75116 Paris. Tél 01 44 31 64 31. Entrance price is 7€. A 250-page exhibition catalogue is available.

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