Acquired by the Instituto Moreira Salles in 1999, the complete works of French artist Marcel Gautherot total around 25,000 images, a collection spanning a vast array of themes and placing its author among the fundamental names of 20th-century Brazilian photography. Born in Paris in 1910 and settled in Rio de Janeiro in late 1940, Gautherot cast his gaze – a mixture of the sober documentarian aesthetic of his generation and the keen aesthetic sensibilities of a man who had studied as an interior designer at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – over such varied motifs as folklore, architecture, nature, and the human landscape in a range of regions across Brazil. In all these fields he maintained an exceptional standard of quality and a rare conscience of his work as a whole – which, in the last years of his life, would lead him to dedicate himself exclusively to the organization of his monumental archive.


  • Title: Worker, Brasília, DF. Brazil
  • Creator: Gautherot, Marcel
  • Creator Lifespan: 1910-07-14 - 1996-10-08
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris. France
  • Date: 1960
  • Location Created: Brasília, Brazil
  • Physical Dimensions: w6 x h6 cm (primary support)
  • Provenance: Instituto Moreira Salles
  • Type: Photography
  • Rights: Marcel Gautherot / Instituto Moreira Salles
  • External Link: http://www.ims.com.br

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