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    Sale 7584

    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004)

    On the Banks of the Marne, 1938

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004)
    On the Banks of the Marne, 1938
    gelatin silver print, printed 1950s
    Magnum credit stamp, various annotations in unknown hands in pencil/ink on verso
    6½ x 9¾in. (16.5 x 24.7cm.)


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    Provenance

    Estate of George Garcin, collector & fashion photographer;
    by descent to a private collector, 1995;
    acquired by present owner.

    French-born Garcin was a fashion photographer and avid collector of cinema, music and art related photographs from the 1950s and 60s. His collection focused on the work of photographers he deeply respected and admired. A large group of works from his collection was sold at auction in France in 2007.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Photography is an instantaneous operation, both sensory and intellectual -- an expression of the world in visual terms, and also a perpetual quest and interrogation. It is at one and the same time the recognition of a fact in a fraction of a second and the rigorous arrangement of the forms visually perceived which give to that fact expression and significance.

    HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, 1952


    Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, Simon & Schuster, 1952, pl.3 (figs.1-2); Pollack, The Picture History of Photography: From the Earliest Beginnings to the Present Day, Reader's Union, 1964, p.494-95, titled 'Sunday on the Banks of the Marne'; Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, Abbeville, 1997, pl.621, titled 'Sunday on the Banks of the Marne'; Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, Little, Brown & Co., 2003, pp.72-73, pl.69.