Henri Cartier-Bresson - Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies Paris Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “Photographier c'est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur.”
    —Henri Cartier-Bresson


    Débordantes de joie de vivre, les photographies de la France natale d'Henri Cartier-Bresson brossent un portrait collectif du pays tout au long du vingtième siècle. Prise en 1958, cette image capture ce moment fugace d'un jeune coupe s'embrassant sous une voute de métro Parisien.

    • Description

      Gelatin silver print, printed later.
      44.5 x 29.5 cm (17 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)
      Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

    • 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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Quais, Paris

Tirage argentique postérieur.
44.5 x 29.5 cm (17 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)
Signé à l'encre avec timbre sec du photographe dans la marge.

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12,000 - 18,000 ‡♠

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Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies

Paris Auction 30 November 2023