Henri Cartier-Bresson

1908 - 2004 · France

Artist biography

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a creative artist, who was born in France. Henri Cartier-Bresson, born in 1908, died in 2004. Also born in France around 1908 and of the same generation are Victor Vasarely, Jean Dubuffet and Yves Tanguy.

About Henri Cartier-Bresson's work

Henri Cartier-Bresson is best known for producing figurative work. Often seen as the contrary of abstraction, figurative art also exists beyond just a simple representation of reality. Although it essentially means the ability to depict a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are boundless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some glorious examples of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Henri Cartier-Bresson's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, Michel Soskine Inc. in Madrid, and ArteF in Zurich. Henri Cartier-Bresson's work has most recently been exhibited at Laleh June Galerie in Basel (08 June 2018 until 28 July 2018) with the exhibition 10 years Laleh June Gallery. Henri Cartier-Bresson's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY: VINTAGE WORKS FROM THE 1920'S TO 1960'S (02 May 2019 - 27 July 2019) at Grob Gallery in Geneva and New York, New York! (25 September 2019 - 14 February 2020) at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles. Henri Cartier-Bresson's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called 10 years Laleh June Gallery and took place at Laleh June Galerie in Basel, Switzerland from the 08 June 2018 to 28 July 2018.

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Historical Context of France

France has been an influential country in the development of modernism. During the nineteenth century, France established the beginnings of what is today known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by critically acclaimed artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural centre, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Henri Cartier-Bresson

Born in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1920s. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be developed during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of a number of inspiring and pioneering artists began to flourish, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of consideration and sombreness following the horrors of the First World War. Major shifts in politics were happening worldwide, and Marxism took a strong grip as an ideology within artist groups and communities. The leading focus for art at the time was on Freudian theory and the human subconscious, and these ideas were best portrayed by artists including Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux, whilst in Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine established methods of art which were expressive and dynamic.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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