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Cemetery in Barcelona (Man with book and statue of death) by Bill Brandt, 1932

MS. 16177/2/2
Held in our offsite storage facility

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Titled in black ink in Brandt's hand, with photographer's blue stamp verso.

Printed 1950s.

One intriguing sub theme of Brandt's work is his depiction of sculpture, specifically statues of the human figure. In 1931 whilst in Paris he showed animate mannequins in a flea market, then the following year in Spain he showed statuary in which the human presence is palpable and later in Chiswick during the Second World War the statues of standing and reclining figures are almost alive. Often, however, the sensibility is less realistic than surreal - Brandt, the flaneur, wanders the streets finding the uncannny in the quotidien.


  • Creation: 1932


1 leaf

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 16177/2/2

Physical Facet

Early Gelatin Silver Print


22.8 x 19.7 cms (8.96 x 7.74 ins)

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom