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October 4, 2021

The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Glenn Gould, 1957, gelatin silver print, 60.6 x 49.9 cm. MMFA, gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002) is considered one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the artist’s wife, Estrellita Karsh, the MMFA is the grateful recipient of 111 photographs created by the artist.

These silver gelatin prints, mostly in large formats and many quite rare, were printed by the artist himself. They form the heart of an exhibition that is on view until January 30, 2022. We invite you to take a virtual guided tour of the show, led by Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections, and Curator of Old Masters, MMFA.

Yousuf Karsh : visite avec le commissaire • Yousuf Karsh: tour with the curator

The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence
Until January 30, 2022
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level 3

Credits and curatorial team An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Senior Curator Emeritus, MMFA. The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence was made possible by the generous contribution of the exhibition’s patron, Michel Phaneuf. The Museum wishes to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of its official sponsor, Denalt Paints, and thank its media partner La Presse. The Museum is profoundly grateful to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, to the Canada Council for the Arts and to the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.

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