Henri Cartier-Bresson Córdoba, Spain 1933
Silver Gelatin print
Paper size: 14 x 11 in./35.5 x 28 cm.)
Printed early 70s
Studio stamp on verso reads: 'Mention obligatoire/Prière reproduire cette photo intégralement sans ca modifier le cadrage' [Roughly translated: Citation required/Please reproduce this photo fully without modifying the cropping]; additional pencil notation.
The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1947)
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer (1992)
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (2010)
A stunning, iconic composition that places the real and the illustrated figures in a perfect, symmetrical relationship: One dark, one light; one living, one represented; each gesturing with a hand; their eyes closed or covered. The two figures coexist in a tight, compressed space that is a product of the photo's framing devices. The real woman in Cordoba, Spain in 1933 makes Venus’s gesture hand at breast, half-hearted, but reminiscent of Botticelli’s Venus.
Some flecking upper left corner of image and above neckline of black dress--visible only in raking light; crease to lower right white border (2 in./5 cm.; image unaffected).