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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Valencia, Spain

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

1908 - 2004

Valencia, Spain


gelatin silver print, signed in ink and embossed in the margin, 1933, printed in 1981

image: 9 ⅜ by 14 ⅛ in. (23.8 by 35.9 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.

This print, on double-weight paper with a slightly pebbled surface, is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, a few deposits of original retouching are visible when examining the print in raking light. The margins are faintly yellowed in a thin band at the periphery of the image.

On the reverse, '2-80' is written in ink and '280' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand.

Please note that this work is sold unframed.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Helen Wright/The Atelier Group, New York, 1981

Collection of W. M. Hunt

Christie's New York, The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W. M. Hunt Collection, 14 October 2020, Sale 19790, Lot 25

Robert Delpire, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer (Boston, 1979), pl. 88

Peter Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1987), p. 107

Jean-Pierre Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art (Boston, 1996), p. 169

Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photographs: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans (Paris: Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2004), p. 125

Peter Fetterman, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Master Set (Santa Monica: Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2004), pl. 132

Ann Thomas, Modernist Photograph from the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2007), p. 61

Peter Glassi, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010), p. 95

Clément Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson, (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2014), p. 87

Matthieu Humery et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2020), pp. 210 and 260

Arles, Recontres de la Photographie, Sans Regard or No Eyes: Photographs from W.M. Hunt / Collection Dancing Bear, 2005 – 2007, and traveling thereafter to: Lausanne, Musée de l'Élysée; and Amsterdam, FOAM Fotogafiemuseum

Ocala, Appelton Museum of Fine Arts, The Unseen Eye: Photography from the Collection of W. M. Hunt, November 2010 – January 2011

Rochester, George Eastman House, The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W. M. Hunt Collection, October 2011 – February 2012