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Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962$
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Hugh McDonnell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383025

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383025.001.0001

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Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1948–1955

Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1948–1955

(p.216) Chapter 8 Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1948–1955
Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962

Hugh McDonnell

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 8 considers the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and how Europe was represented or interpreted in his work. It looks at the contradictions, problems and capacities of the photographic medium for the representation of Europe, and how these corresponded with Cartier-Bresson’s political, social, and aesthetic commitments. To this end it examines three spaces and their reception by their Paris audiences: first, his exhibition at the Musée des arts décoratifs in the Louvre (1955), which displayed his work from both Europe and the non-European world. Second, it looks at Cartier-Bresson’s record of the culmination of the Chinese Civil War and its subsequent presentation in a collection of 1954–D’une Chine à l’autre. This is contextualised in terms of the representation of Europe in terms of its Others. Third, it analyses his 1955 work Les Européens in which Cartier-Bresson’s impressions of his European travels were presented.

Keywords:   Henri Cartier-Bresson, Europe, Louvre, D’Une Chine à l’autre, Les Européens

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