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Henri Cartier-Bresson

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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 'Joinville-Le-Pont, near Paris, Val de Marne' (Chez Gégene), 1938
  • Signed in black ink on verso
  • Gelatin silver print
  • Print 36.6 x 24.5 cm (14 ¼ x 9 ¾ in.)
Silver print, printed 1957. Signed and numbered 21/50 in ink and with the estate stamp on the reverse.


100 photographies provenant de la Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Christie's Paris, November 11th, 2011, Lot 12


Clément Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson, ex. cat., Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2014, ill. pl. 132;
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Images à la sauvette, Verve, Paris, 1952, ill. no. 1;
Feyder, Pieyre de Mandiargues and Henri Cartier Bresson, Paris à vue d'oeil, Seuil, 1994, no. 61; 
Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson L'art sans art, Flammarion, 1995, ill. p. 119; 
De qui s'agit-il ? Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bibliothèque nationale de France/Gallimard, 2003, ill. p. 70; 
Frizot, Franck, Sire et Cartier-Bresson, Le scrapbook d'Henri Cartier-Bresson, Steidl, 2006, no. 203.

Catalogue Note

In May 1936, the Popular Front won the elections in France. Two months after their victory, the new government passed a law instating two weeks payed holiday for all employees. Many workers and labourers who were previously unable to take unpaid leave, were to discover the pleasures of free time and holidays by the sea or in the mountains for the first time. Tourism took off like never before and in this period, Henri Cartier-Bresson took photos for the communist weekly Regards. He photographed families camping, picnics on the riverbanks and people relaxing in the sun. Some of the images taken in this period have remained his most popular.