Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Punjab, India

Artist:
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, Chanteloup-en-Brie 1908–2004 Montjustin)
Date:
1947
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.7 x 34.5 cm (8 15/16 x 13 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.168
Rights and Reproduction:
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
Not on view
This photograph depicts a group of refugees at the Kurukshetra camp performing simple exercises to drive away lethargy and despair. Framed against a blank wall, as if in an ancient frieze, the wildly dancing figures appear eternally suspended between desperation and ecstasy.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, verso C: "13 [sideways, encircled]"; inscribed in blue ink on mount, verso LR: "7 [sideways]"
John C. Waddell

Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. "Pantheon der Photographie," June 19, 1992–September 20, 1992.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 49," August 26, 2008–January 4, 2009.

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