Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘Gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris, France’, 1961, Phillips

Signature: Signed and inscribed in ink on a placard; titled 'Palais Royal, Paris' and dated in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the mount.

Bulfinch Press, Henri Cartier-Bresson: City and Landscapes, pl. 66
Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 95

Gifted by the artist to Hank Herny (Advertising Manager for Simmon-Omega); by descent to his son
Private Collection, California
Phillips, New York, 2 October 2012, lot 22

About Henri Cartier-Bresson

Upon picking up a Leica camera in the early 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson fell in love with the spontaneity of photography and went on to pioneer photojournalism. MoMA credits his “uncanny ability to capture life on the run” with helping to define the creative potential of modern photography and lauds him as “the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs.” Taking pride in capturing “the decisive moment,“ Cartier-Bresson intimately captured portraits and scenes, both mundane and historic, around the world. In 1947, he formed Magnum Photos, a photography cooperative, with Robert Capa and others. Over the ensuing three decades, assignments took him from Ghandi’s funeral in India, to the chaotic streets of Shanghai during China’s Communist revolution, to Queen Charlotte’s elegant ball in London. “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life,” he said.

French, 1908-2004, Chanteloup, France