Lot 22
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Henri Cartier-Bresson

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
6,250 GBP
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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 'Francis Bacon, London', 1971
  • Gelatin silver print
Silver print, printed later. Signed in ink and with the photographer's blind stamp in the lower margin.


Directly from the artist


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tête à Tête, London, Thames and Hudson, 1998, ill. pl. 75;
Peter Galassi et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, p. 183, pl. 239.

Catalogue Note

Considered to be a master of candid photography, Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of the artists Francis Bacon and Giacometti demonstrate his ability to photograph a portrait, without appearing contrived. This photograph of Francis Bacon was taken at his Reece Mews studio where he worked intensely for hours on end. The artist leans in to the photographer, appearing to be in mid conversation. Whilst he seems relaxed and engaged with the photographer, he stares directly into the lens. It is clear he is aware that the camera is there, yet Cartier-Bresson captures a very natural moment, as if he and Bacon are alone without the presence of the camera, or viewer.