Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

The Swing, Esztergom

Hungarian Memory

The Swing, Esztergom

1917, printed 1980

André Kertész

(American, 1894–1985)


Hyperion Press

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.6 x 19.1 cm (9 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Paper: 25 x 20.3 cm (9 13/16 x 8 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2022.70


Did you know?

André Kertész was wounded fighting in World War I and was sent to Esztergom on the Danube River to recuperate.


The two children in André Kertész’s photograph seem to exist in a serene world of calm, peace, and sunshine. As they enjoyed a moment of leisure in Esztergom, World War I raged across Europe. Kertész’s comment on the work, however, emphasizes its formal qualities. He said, “I consciously took the picture from the point of view of the composition. It was important to me to do it.”

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