Deauville from the perspective of Gisèle Freund

A set of six pictures, belonging to a photo-reportage made on the docks and behind the windows of the boutiques of Deauville in the 1950s by Gisèle Freund, has just been added to the collections of the future Franciscaines’ museum. The City of Deauville had already acquired in 2011 a coloured picture representing from the back two lovers sitting in front of the sea (1955) and a portrait of the Maharaja of Jaipur State and his wife attending a polo match in Deauville.

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Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

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Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund © Les Franciscaines – Ville de Deauville

Gisèle Freund (1908- 2000), born in Berlin, is one of the major European photographers of the 20th century. Fleeing Nazism, she settled down in Paris in the 1930s. In 1933, she made the famous black-and-white portrait of André Malraux, represented with his hair blowing in the wind and a cigarette at the corner of his lips. Frequently chosen by writers and editors, she made -before and after the war- the first coloured portraits of young writers that would have become great authors of the 20th century: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gide ... This famous portraitist had her works exhibited from 1981 to 1995 in all the Town Halls of France after making, on demand, the official portrait of François Mitterrand. Gisèle Freund, first woman to join the Magnum agency from 1947 to 1954, has also worked in photo-reportage and photojournalism. In the middle of the 1950s, she discovered Deauville and Trouville. She managed to carefully observe and capture the popular dimension of these places and the great events celebrated here.

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