Lot 69
  • 69

Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004

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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Gitans (Gypsies), Granada, 1933
  • 8.3 x 12.1cm (3¼ x 4¾in.)
Vintage silver print, the reverse bearing the artist's inked 'Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson Mention Obligatoire' stamp and the annotation 'Andalousie' in pencil, as well as the number 'is-29 E'


Cartier-Bresson, H., 2006, pl.88. The variants there published as pls. 89, 90.

Catalogue Note

A variant print from the one usually published.
cf, for example, Cartier-Bresson, H., 1999, at pl. 26, where the actions of both subjects are different to those on view here.
These small prints were made to help in the selection of Cartier-Bresson's 1947 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the preparations for which were started under the mistaken impression that the photographer had died in captivity. For a full account (including the difficulties Cartier-Bresson had in obtaining paper among the post-war shortages) , cf. the Scrapbook (2006), where a letter from Cartier-Bresson to Beaumont Newhall of 25 April 1946 is reproduced:  "I have printed all my pictures in 9 x 12cm it ought to make selection easier."