Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

Heavy Burden, Esztergom

Hungarian Memory

Heavy Burden, Esztergom

1916, printed 1980

André Kertész Hyperion Press

(American, 1894–1985)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 18.7 x 24.8 cm (7 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2022.72


Did you know?

André Kertész’s photographs of Hungary, shot between 1912 and 1925, serve as a visual memoir of the artist’s early adult years.


When Kertész was wounded in World War I, he was sent to Esztergom to recover. The town, which was the capital and royal residence of Hungarian kings until the mid-13th century, had fine examples of medieval and baroque architecture. Kertész chose to photograph this ramshackle, rustic corner instead. The difficulty of life there is mirrored in the struggles of the young girl carrying two buckets of water up a steep, unpaved path.

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