About This Image

This image has the perfect provenance from the photographer directly to the models. With the photographer's red stamp on verso and negative number in pencil. Comes with a letter of provenance from Marc Chevalier, the man in the photograph. The couple were married, but his wife passed away.

The most famous image from the subway series is this one where Christiane holds in her hands a sprig of lily of the valley (muguet de bois). Lily of the valley is referred to as a "porte-bonheur"--literally, "bringer of happiness" or perhaps what we would call a good luck charm. It is sold around May Day in France. Marc looks pensively at her.

See: Doisneau, Mes Parisiens, pl.11; Hamilton, Robert Doisneau: A Photographer's Life, pl.350; Pultz, The Body and Lens: Photography 1839 to Present, pl.66; Alex Novak, For the Love of the Image: A Selection of 110 Photographs, p.88, fig.90.

Provenance: Photographer to models, Marc and Christiane Chevalier.

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"Le Muguet du Métro" (Marc and Christiane Chevalier in the Paris Metro)
Robert Doisneau "Le Muguet du Métro" (Marc and Christiane Chevalier in the Paris Metro)

Price $15,000

Main Image

Ref.# 11747

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1953  Print Date 1953

Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in. (241 x 181 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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