Henri Cartier-Bresson - SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction London Friday, July 7, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Phillips, New York, 8 October 2015, lot 160

  • Literature

    L. Kirstein and B. Newhall, Photographs By Cartier-Bresson, London: Jonathan Cape, 1964, pl. 32
    H. Cartier-Bresson, The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson, London: Thames & Hudson, 1968, pl. 68
    Photofile: Henri Cartier-Bresson, London: Thames & Hudson, 1989, pl. 25
    Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, London: Thames & Hudson, 1992, pl. 40
    J-P. Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, Boston: Little, Brown, 1996, pl. 182
    P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, pl. 91
    Henri Cartier-Bresson: Scrapbook, Photographs 1932-1946, London: Thames & Hudson, 2006, p. 193
    J. Clair, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans, London: Thames & Hudson, 2007, p. 213
    Henri Cartier-Bresson: Decisive Moments, London: Fine Art Society, 2015, pl. 12

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Hyde Park in the Grey Drizzle, London

circa 1937
Gelatin silver print, printed later.
24 x 35.8 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.)
Signed in ink in the margin.

£3,000 - 5,000 •♠

Sold for £4,826

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SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction

7 - 14 July 2023