Aquila degli Abruzzi, Italy

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  • Provenance

    Halsted Gallery, Bloomfield Hills
    Phillips, New York, 4 April 2012, lot 46

  • Literature

    J. Clair, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans, London: Thames & Hudson, 1998, p. 81
    J.P. Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, Boston: Little Brown, 1999, pl. 244
    P. Galassi et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, pl. 144
    C. Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Here and Now, London: Thames & Hudson, 2014, pl. 317

  • 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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Aquila degli Abruzzi, Italy

1951
Gelatin silver print, printed before 1978.
36.8 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)
Signed in ink in the margin.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

sold for £8,750

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London Auction 16 May 2019