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Lot 142
Olympe Aguado
autorportrait and Domingo Arcos, c. 1860


Olympe Aguado between the document and the staging
Documentary photographs latin america
The art paper collection Archive Eduardo Westerdahl

Olympe Aguado » Martín Chambi » Luc Chessex » Raúl Corrales » Venancio Diaz (Maique) » Maria Eugenia Haya » Alberto Diaz Korda (Guttierrez) » Leo Matiz » Walter Reuter » Osvaldo Salas » & others


Thu 22 Feb 20:00

Palace Hotel,

Plaza de las Cortes no. 7
28014 Madrid

Juan Naranjo Madrid

Paseo de la Castellana 70 bajos
28046 Madrid

(+34)-659 95 66 48


Tue-Thu 17-20, Wed 11-14

Lot 231
Luc Chessex
Cuba, La Habana, c.1962


Auction: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8 pm

Cortes Hall / Palace Hotel, Plaza de las Cortes no. 7, 28014 Madrid



Catalogue download:
"Olympe Aguado between the document and the staging"
"Documentary photographs latin america"
"The art paper collection Archive Eduardo Westerdahl"

"Olympe Aguado between the document and the staging" is composed of an album comprising 400 photographs, many of them created by Olympe Aguado, between the late 1850s and early 1860s, in which he illustrates the relations of the French, Spanish and Chilean high society. His photography was informed by two major trends of the 1860s: the debate between naturalism and fiction. His work evolved from documentary practices to staged photography. The album comprises self-portraits of Olympe Aguado, portraits of Eugenia de Montijo, Prince and Princess Ponatowski, Princess Anna Murat, Duke Pasquier, members of the Aguado family and the Arcos y Arjona family, Duquesa de Ferrán Núñez, Countess of Sclafani, Countess Lehon, Duchess Pasquier, Conde de Fuentes, Count of Galve, Marquis of Miraflores, Marquis of Vilaseca, Camilo Amesaga, landscapes of Bois de Boulogne, Chateau du Sassy,... and tableaux vivants.

"Documentary photographs of Latin America" comprises 113 lots of photographs. Amongst the most significant, are the treasured photographs by José Gómez, a Spanish photographer who settled in Havana, Cuba, in 1885 and relatively quickly became one of the most important photographers in the country. There is also a report of 12 photographs of Che's visit in 1959, to the Coca Cola factory in Cuba, where two of the great icons of the 20th century meet: Coca Cola and the image of Ernesto Che Guevara. Both represent opposing worlds, which have exerted a great fascination and informed the 20th century’s collective imagination. There are also a large number of photographs taken by photographers such as Mario García Joya, Mayo Brothers, Leo Matiz, Martín Chambi, Korda, Hugo Brehme, José Maria Lupercio, Venancio Díaz, María Eugenia Haya Jiménez, Herbert Kirchhoff, Walter Reuter, Raúl Corrales, Luc Chessex, Osvaldo Salas, Paco Altuna, Alvaro and Alejandro Hope, Maggie Steber, Kurt Severin, Fernando Urbina.

"The paper art collection file Eduardo Westerdahl" comprises 141 lots. This group takes us into the professional and private universe of one of the most important art critics and promoters of the 20th century in Spain, Eduardo Westerdahl of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1902-1983. The auction is composed of drawings, photographs, collages, dedicated books, letters, etc. that he gathered throughout his life. Highlights include: the albums that Eduardo Westerdahl made between 1957 and 1962 in which he included his photographs, drawings and collages, arranged with works made by his friends such as Pablo Picasso, Óscar Domínguez, Man Ray, Raoul Hausmann, César Manrique, Manolo Millares, Will Faber, Luc Peire, ... In these albums, Eduardo Westerdahl also created compositions with telegrams and letters sent to him, invoices and cards of establishments that he visited during his travels and annotations.

Lot 33
Raoul Hausmann
Mélanographies portfolio, 1969
lot 147
José Goméz de la Carrera
Cuba, group of 440 photographs taken between 1900 and 1905