Henri Cartier-Bresson - Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies Paris Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “De tous les moyens d’expression, la photographie est le seul qui fixe un instant précis. Nous jouons avec des choses qui disparaissent et quand elles ont disparu, il est impossible de les faire revivre.” 
    —Henri Cartier-Bresson

    • Description

      Gelatin silver print, printed later.
      44.5 x 29.7 cm (17 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)
      Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

    • Literature

      H. Cartier-Bresson, The Europeans, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955, pl. 114
      L. Kirstein and B. Newhall, Photographs By Cartier-Bresson, London: Jonathan Cape, 1964, pl. 46
      Photofile: Henri Cartier-Bresson, London: Thames & Hudson, 1989, pl. 29
      J-P. Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, Boston: Little, Brown, 1996, pl. 150
      H. Cartier-Bresson, Paris à vue d'oeil, Paris: SEUIL, 1997, pl. 16
      Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, London: Thames & Hudson, 1999, pl. 140
      P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, pl. 65
      P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, New York: MoMA, 2010, p. 55

    • 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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Rue Mouffetard, Paris

Tirage argentique postérieur.
44.5 x 29.7 cm (17 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)
Signé à l'encre et timbre sec du photographe dans la marge.

Full Cataloguing

20,000 - 30,000 ‡♠

Sold for 21,590

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Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies

Paris Auction 30 November 2023