Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, pl. 26
    Cartier-Bresson, The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson, pl. 17
    Cartier-Bresson, Paris à vue d'oeil, pl. 33
    Centre Pompidou, Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’exposition, p. 19
    Chéroux, Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson, cover, p. 101
    Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, pl. 63
    Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 21
    Clair, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans, p. 23
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work, p. 101
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, p. 81
    Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 89
    B. Newhall and Kirstein, The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 24
    Steidl, Henri Cartier-Bresson Scrapbook, pl. 20
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Image and The World, pl. 45
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 14

  • Catalogue Essay

    During Susan Bloom's tenure as Vice President for Worldwide Cultural Affairs at American Express Company, she oversaw the 1979 touring exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer which traveled to 20 cities in the United States and to 23 countries internationally, over 10 years. The photograph offered here, and that in lot 164, both come from Bloom’s collection, and each bears a special inscription from the photographer in recognition of her efforts in sharing his images with the world.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
14 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm)
Signed, inscribed 'for Susan... with all my gratitude for having brough [sic], my pictures to people world wide' in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,500

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New York Auction 4 October 2018