April in Paris: Photographs

Mar 25, 2014 8:09PM

“I didn’t choose Limoges or Marseilles; I truly chose Paris.” ––Izis

Paris has been attracting artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers for centuries. Whether at the Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Rue Mouffetard, there is always something to leave one breathless in the City of Light.

This month, Christie’s will host an online-only photography sale in honor of the enchanting city. April in Paris: Photographs will feature 58 classic black-and-white images that capture life in the city in the years leading up to and after the Second World War. During this time, photojournalists such as Henri Carter-Bresson Izis, Robert Doisneau, Brassai, and Édouard Boubat celebrated everyday life in a unique style later known as humanist photography. From a small boy holding an unwieldy baguette to a gentleman leaping over water behind a train station, these images present Paris as a lively city full of charm.

Édouard Boubat told Paris Voice in a 1988 interview, “I don't think, ‘Now I'm going to take a picture of love.’ But sometimes I catch those things in my photos.” 

The charm of the city is also being honored in two exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, titled, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, and Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930.

April in Paris: Photographs will run from 28 March – 10 April, 2014, in an online-only auction. For more on this and other online-only auctions at Christie’s, please visit www.christies.com/onlineonly.

Photo courtesy of Christie's.

Elliott Erwitt (B. 1928) 
Paris, 1989  
Gelatin silver print
Estimate: $4,000-6,000