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Henri Cartier-Bresson
1908-2004
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, 1948
Signed in ink on recto lower right, with the artist's blind stamp lower right
Silver print
Image: 12 x 17 ½ in. (30.5 x 44.4 cm.); Sheet: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
Printed circa 1990s
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica

Literature

H. Cartier-Bresson, S. Ray and Y. Véquaud, Henri Cartier-Bresson: In India, Thames & Hudson, London, 1993, cover, pl. 17
J. Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, Thames & Hudson, London, 1996, pl. 247
S. Jhaveri, Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design, Thames & Hudson, London, 2013, p. 143
H. Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, Steidl, Göttingen, 2015, pl. 87
C. Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aperture, New York, 2015, pp. 70-71

Catalogue Note

In 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson, with Robert Capa, George Rodger, David Seymour and William Vandivert, founded Magnum Photos. In the following year, Cartier-Bresson travelled to India, where he produced some of the seminal works of his career. One such image is Srinagar, Kashmir, which depicts Muslim women in prayer at Hari Parbal Hill with the sun rising over the Himalayas in the background. This captivating image exhibits what Cartier-Bresson termed “the decisive moment”; the intuitive moment in which the photographer captures a unique and perfectly balanced scene.

Peter Fetterman, who famously collected the work of Cartier-Bresson, recalls his personal connection with Srinagar, Kashmir: ‘It’s the gesture, the humanity of the relationship between these women. It stuck with me forever.’ (P. Fetterman quoted in ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Last Dealer Parts With His Collection’, 11 December 2017, https://www.barrons.com/articles/henri-cartier-bressons-l'ast-dealer-parts-with-his-collection-1513019735)

Boundless: India

|
Mumbai