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Image of François Mauriac

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

François Mauriac


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0050

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Francois Mauriac (1885–1970) Mauriac was a French poet, playwright, and novelist. During World War II he supported the French Resistance and wrote his Le Cahier Noir (The Black Notebook) for a clandestine publishing house. His many honors include the Grand Prix of the Académie française in 1926 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952. Karsh made this photograph of Mauriac during a power outage. He placed Mauriac before an open door and against the gray Parisian sky. Karsh felt that the resulting profile portrait captured Mauriac’s Gallic charm and perhaps something of his despondency about human affairs.

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