Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographs New York Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica

  • Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson, pl. 121
    Bibliothèque nationale de France, De qui s'agit-il?, p. 161
    Centre Pompidou, Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’exposition, p. 40
    Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, pl. 283
    Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, pp. 54-55
    Chéroux, Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 96
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, p. 226
    Gombrich, Tête à Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson, pl. 23
    Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 277
    B. Newhall and Kirstein, The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 50
    Steidl, Henri Cartier-Bresson Scrapbook, pl. 40
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Image and The World, pl. 200
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 125

  • 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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Henri Matisse, Vence, France

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
11 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (29.2 x 44.1 cm)
Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

$8,000 - 12,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2019