Monday, January 09, 2012

Ceri Richards by Ida Kar

This is a photograph of Swansea Surrealist Ceri Richards looking very dapper, taken by Ida Kar. Kar is famed for having snapped some of the greatest artists and writers of the twentieth century. Amongst her illustrious list of sitters were Chagall, Man Ray, Le Corbusier, Giacometti, Yves Klein, Braque, Sartre, Breton and many more. Her portrait of Ceri Richards was done in 1960 during his solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Far be it for me to pick holes in Ida Kar’s work but I would have shifted that potted plant. Kar also photographed Augustus John.