Vintage gelatin silver print, with some hand coloring. 18.5 x 15.2 cm (71 4 x 6 in). Signed and dated; uniquely hand colored and annotated. This photograph appears as plate IX in Claude Cahun’s Surrealist children’s book Le Coeur de pic, Paris, 1937. Le Coeur de pic (“The Heart of Spades”) is a collection of thirty- two children's poems written by Lise Deharme, which are accompanied by twenty black and white photographs by Claude Cahun. Cahun illustrates the disturbing and melancholic poems with inventive still lifes. While her gender bending self-portraits are well known, her Surrealist still lifes—juxtaposing incongruous objects—are equally compelling.
Literature: Deharme, Le Coeur de pic, Librairie José Corti, 1937, pl. IX; Claude Cahun: Photographe, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris Jean-Michel Place, 1995, cat. no. 176, p. 152; Icônes: Photographies de la collection Claude Berri, Éditions Léo Scheer, 2003, p. 50.