On the Banks of the Marne, France

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Christie's, New York, The Elfering Collection, 10 October 2005, lot 47

  • Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, pl. 3
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work, p. 42
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, pp. 72-73, pl. 69
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, back cover, p. 150, there titled Juvisy, France
    Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 111

  • Artist Bio

    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    French • 1908 - 2004

    Candidly capturing fleeting moments of beauty among the seemingly ordinary happenings of daily life, Henri Cartier-Bresson's work is intuitive and observational. Initially influenced by the Surrealists' "aimless walks of discovery," he began shooting on his Leica while traveling through Europe in 1932, revealing the hidden drama and idiosyncrasy in the everyday and mundane. The hand-held Leica allowed him ease of movement while attracting minimal notice as he wandered in foreign lands, taking images that matched his bohemian spontaneity with his painterly sense of composition.

    Cartier-Bresson did not plan or arrange his photographs. His practice was to release the shutter at the moment his instincts told him the scene before him was in perfect balance. This he later famously titled "the decisive moment" — a concept that would influence photographers throughout the twentieth century. 

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On the Banks of the Marne, France

Gelatin silver print, printed 1950s.
9 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (24.8 x 36.8 cm)
Signed 'à vous deux affectueusement Henri' in ink on the verso.

$100,000 - 150,000 

sold for $212,500

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