Robert DOISNEAU, A sidelong glance (Un regard oblique) Enlarge 1 /1


France 1912 – 1994

A sidelong glance (Un regard oblique) [Un regard oblique (Sidelong glance)] 1948, printed 1990 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed, recto, l.r., fibre tipped pen (black) "Robert Doisneau". Dated, verso, c.r., fibre tipped pen (black) "...1948" Inscribed, verso, c.r., fibre tipped pen (black) "UN REGARD OBLIQUE"
Dimensions: image 24.1 h x 29.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.800

On assignment for Life magazine, Doisneau hid his camera in the window of Romi’s art gallery in Paris, where a group of artworks hung. Doisneau’s camera then recorded the reactions of passers-by; this image of a man looking furtively at a painting of a young naked woman while his wife considers a (possibly more benign) painting was the last picture taken by Doisneau of this scenario. In spite of the street scene beyond the window, the photograph cleverly constructs a tight, circular connection between the two paintings – only one of which we can actually see – and the two protagonists.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra