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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 later

image: 9 ⅜ by 14 in. (23.8 by 35.6 cm.)

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

This print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible when examining the print in raking light.

When examined in raking light, there is a sharp crease in the upper right margin and the margin edges and corners are slightly bumped in a few places.

On the reverse, 'PF89482-222' and 'S-276 [circled]' are written in an unidentified hand in pencil.

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.

Acquired from the photographer

Robert Delpire, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer (Boston, 1979), pl. 20

Van Deren Coke and Diana C. Dupont, Photography: A Facet of Modernism, Photographs from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1986), pl. 24

Peter Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1987), pp. 41 and 127

Jean-Pierre Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art (Boston, 1996), p. 236

Peter Fetterman, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Master Set (Santa Monica: Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2004), pl. 135

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

Peter Galassi, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010), p. 89

Clément Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson, (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2014), p. 79

Matthieu Humery et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2020), pp. 133 and 259

‘To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of the fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.’

- Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers (New York: Aperture, 1999), p. 16