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Barrio Chino, Barcelona

Artist:
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, Chanteloup-en-Brie 1908–2004 Montjustin)
Date:
1933
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
34.6 x 23.5 cm (13 5/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.125
Rights and Reproduction:
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
Not on view
The relationship of the sleeping fruit vendor to the graffito on the wall above him is a conundrum with several possible interpretations. Whatever private speculations Cartier-Bresson had about its meaning, he saw at once that the resemblance of the drawn head to the real one was remarkable and that any explanation of their juxtaposition would be less interesting than the continuing enigma.
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