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Henri Cartier-Bresson on Sale Now at Auction

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Silver Print, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lot 57: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Silver Print, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Estimated Price: $12,000 - $15,000

Description: Gelatin silver printUSA, 1961Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) - French photojournalistWith the artist's Magnum stamp versoDimensions: 6 7/8 x 10 in. (17.5 x 25.4 cm.)Overall dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)Good condition Over the course of his expansive career, celebrated photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson captured some of the most historic moments of the 20th century. Here, Cartier-Bresson depicts Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Pastor's study of Ebenezer Baptist Church with his secretary, Dora MacDonald. President of the Southern Christian Leadership at the time, Dr. King sits with a book in front of a desk littered with papers as both he and MacDonald turn to react to something out the frame. Executed in 1961, this gelatin silver print has the artist's Magnum stamp verso, measuring 6 7/8 x 10 inches. Light scuffing to surface visible under raking light and a crescent shaped mark at upper center edge of print. Otherwise good condition. Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908-2004)Considered an early pioneer of photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson began his career studying painting with André Lhote, taking his first photographs in 1931 when he traveled to Africa. In 1947, Cartier-Bresson established Magnum Photos, a photographer-owned cooperative with Robert Capa, David Seymour, William Vandivert and George Rodger. Cartier-Bresson's uncanny ability to capture global human affairs helped define the creative potential of modern photography. Traveling across the globe, the photographer's ability to capture "the decisive moment" brings power to his images which range from intimate portraits to historic political scenes. Henri Cartier-Bresson's work is in the collections of museums throughout the world. The following had the privilege to acquire the "Master Collection" - 385 prints chosen in 1979 by Henri Cartier-Bresson: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; De Menil Collection, Houston; University of Fine Arts, Osaka; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Cartier-Bresson, Henri: Beautiful Jaipur

Lot 3923: Cartier-Bresson, Henri: Beautiful Jaipur

Estimated Price: €300 - €450

Description: Cartier-Bresson, Henri. Beautiful Jaipur. 75 S., 1 w. Bl. Mit 1 Portrait und 64 ganzseitigen Abbildungen nach Fotografien von Henri Cartier-Bresson. 24 x 16 cm. Roter OLeinenband (minimal fleckig) mit schwarz geprägter Deckelillustration und -titel. (Jaipur, Information Bureau, Government of Jaipur, 1948). Cartier-Bressons erstes Photobuch in der ersten Ausgabe. Mit einem Text von Max J. Olivier. - Exemplar mit Erhaltungsmängeln, Titel mit Rasur; teils leichte Feuchtigkeitsschäden, dadurch einige Bl. im äußersten Rand mit geringfügiger Läsur; im Falz mit Wurmspur; der gravierendste Mangel: jede Abbildung wurde (teils im weißen Rand, teils in der Darstellung) mit einem roten Haken (in Farbstift) markiert.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | LAST DAYS OF THE KUOMINTANG, MERCHANT WAITING WITH MAN EATING, BEIJING

Lot 51: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | LAST DAYS OF THE KUOMINTANG, MERCHANT WAITING WITH MAN EATING, BEIJING

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Description: ferrotyped, 'a LIFE PHOTO by Bresson' stamp, credit in pencil, and LIFE essay, number, print date, and technician stamps, and with caption and annotations in pencil and china marker on the reverse, framed, 1948 (China in Transition, unpaginated)

Condition Report: This early ferrotyped print, made by George Karas in the Life Photo Lab on December 22, 1948, is on medium-weight paper and has been trimmed to the image. For a print of its age, having been part of an active photography archive for 50 years, it is in remarkably good condition. The edges are slightly rubbed, and the corners are bumped. There are tiny, barely noticeable, attendant losses. When examined in raking light, a few minor impressions and creases that do not appear to break the emulsion are visible. Other prints of this image: Jean-Pierre Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art (Boston, 1996), p. 246 Peter Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (The Museum of Modern Art, 2010), p. 112 In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | BEHIND THE GARE SAINT-LAZARE, PARIS

Lot 52: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | BEHIND THE GARE SAINT-LAZARE, PARIS

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Description: large-format, signed in ink in the margin, framed, 1932, printed later (Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 14)

Condition Report: This print, on slightly textured double-weight paper, is in generally excellent condition. In raking light, a sharp crescent-shaped crease is visible in the right margin. The upper and lower margins are rippled, and this rippling extends slightly into the image. This, however, does not affect the overall fine presentation of this print. On the reverse, 'z 388' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | ON THE BANKS OF THE MARNE, FRANCE

Lot 61: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | ON THE BANKS OF THE MARNE, FRANCE

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Description: signed in ink and blindstamped in the margin, 1938, printed later (Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 145)

Condition Report: This print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible in raking light.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | ILE DE LA CITÉ, PARIS

Lot 62: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | ILE DE LA CITÉ, PARIS

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Description: signed in ink and blindstamped in the margin, framed, 1952, printed later (Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 8)

Condition Report: This print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible in raking light. There is a small linen tape remnant in the lower left margin corner.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | RUE MOUFFETARD

Lot 64: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | RUE MOUFFETARD

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Description: large-format, signed in ink and blindstamped in the margin, 1954, printed later (Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 141)

Condition Report: This print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible in raking light. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | HYÈRES, FRANCE

Lot 95: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | HYÈRES, FRANCE

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Description: signed in ink in the margin, 1932, printed later (Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 13)

Condition Report: This print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible in raking light. The margin corners are slightly bumped.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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