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Shop window. 1931

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (made)

  • Date:

    1931 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 918, box W

Physical description

Photograph depicting a shop front with a male mannequin head and a painting of a dancing couple, beneath lettering in Magyar.

Place of Origin

Hungary (made)


1931 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 57 cm Mount, Width: 47 cm Mount, Height: 40 cm Image, Width: 30 cm Image

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a shop front with a mannequin head and a painting of a dancing couple. Hungary, 1931.

Labels and date

Gallery 100 ‘A History of Photography’, 2014-2015, label text:

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004)
Shop Window, Hungary

Cartier-Bresson studied under the Cubist artist André Lhote. He became interested in photography in 1930, around the same time he met the Surrealists. This surreal image of a shop window reveals a strong sense of geometry and composition. Cartier-Bresson said of his photography, ‘For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously’.

Gelatin silver print
Museum no. Ph.645-1978
[06 03 2014]


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Windows; Shops; Mannequins; Dancing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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