Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hyères, France

Artist:
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, Chanteloup-en-Brie 1908–2004 Montjustin)
Date:
1932
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 20 x 29.5 cm (7 7/8 x 11 5/8 in.) Mount: 38.7 x 47.1 cm (15 1/4 x 18 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.460
Rights and Reproduction:
© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
Not on view
In 1931 Cartier-Bresson began to use a camera to make photographs that reveal the influence of both Cubism and Surrealism-bold, flat planes, collage-like compositions, and spatial ambiguity-as well as an affinity for society's outcasts and the back alleys where they lived and worked. Within a year, he had mastered the miniature 35mm Leica camera and had begun traveling in Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Mexico, developing what would become one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century photographic style. In his 1952 landmark monograph The Decisive Moment, Cartier-Bresson defined his philosophy: "To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which gave that event its proper expression."
Inscription: No inscriptions or annotations visible
Henri Cartier-Bresson; [...]; Nina Rosenwald; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, January 10, 1978

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sight Unseen: Photographs from the Gilman Collection".

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work," September 1, 1987–November 1, 1987.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

Kirstein, Lincoln, and Beaumont Newhall. The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1947. p. 25.

The world of Henri Cartier Bresson. New York: Viking Press, 1968. p. 22.

Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. pl. 183.

Galassi, Peter. Henri Cartier-Bresson: the Early Work. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1987. p. 100.

Henri Cartier-Bresson : the man, the image and the world : a retrospective. London ; New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003. p. 77.



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