12 October 2000
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF JULIEN LEVY
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (born 1908)
Gelatin silver print. 1933. Signed and dated in ink on the verso.
6¼ x 9¼in. (15.9 x 23.5cm.)
From the artist;
to Julien Levy;
Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 20 April 1994, lot 48;
to the present owner.
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See: Hambourg et al., The Waking Dream, p. 364, cat. no. 246; also see: New York Graphic Society, Henri Cartier-Bresson, pl. 90 for a variant.
In the fall of 1933 Julien Levy presented the exhibition Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson at his 602 Madison Avenue gallery. This was the young Frenchman's first New York show. Cartier-Bresson's work was juxtaposed with an exhibition of newspaper images and film stills. Two years later in the spring of 1935 Cartier-Bresson was included by Levy in Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. (Schaffner and Jacobs, Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery, pp. 128-129.)
Prints of images by Cartier-Bresson from the 1930s are considered very rare. It is possible that the print offered here was acquired by Levy during the years 1933-35.
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