Portrait of Fernandel – the iconic French movie comedian.
In New York in 1948, photographer Philippe Halsman had a chance meeting with Fernandel, a French movie star from the vaudeville tradition, and asked the actor to participate in a completely original photographic experiment. Halsman would ask Fernandel questions about America to which he would respond using only facial expressions. With his wide, loveable horse-face, Fernandel mimicked the answers to such questions as &”Does the average Frenchman still pinch pretty girls in a crowd?” (silly grin) and “What was your reaction to the great American game of baseball?” (perplexed).
This particular pose is a reaction to the question ‘Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for 24 dollars. Do you think he got conned?’ This print is rarely available since it was only part of the extended version of the series, and will be of particular interest for a collector, who has other works from this shoot.
Paper sixe 11″x 14″
image size 10″x12″
Unsigned artist proof from original batch
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