Toujours Paris @ Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson (France, 1908-2004). On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938 Gelatin silver print, 12x16 inches. Signed in ink on recto. (Inv #HCB14-16) © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson (France, 1908-2004). On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938
Gelatin silver print, 12×16 inches. Signed in ink on recto. (Inv #HCB14-16)
© Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation | Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery 

Using the French Humanist movement of the 1930s as its inspiration, Santa Monica based Peter Fetterman Gallery invites to its Toujours Paris exhibition featuring a curated collection of artists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner, and Martine Franck, among others.

French humanist photographers produced a new vision of the world that lived between realism and poetry, creating a movement focused on the everyday human experience by capturing personal anecdotes and spontaneous moments of daily life. French humanist photography greatly impacted the cinema and literature of the immediate post-war period and its artistic current travelled through till the late 1960s. Even today, French humanism retains its strength and dignity in contemporary art at a time when humanism is needed more than ever. Between photojournalism and picturesque paintings of society, humanist photography is a superb witness of personalities and customs, revealing the beauty behind the banal.

Louis Stettner (USA, 1922 - 2016). Crossing the Seine: Mother and Child, Paris, 1950. Gelatin silver print; 20x16 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Embossed stamp on recto. (Inv #23661) © Estate of Louis Stettner, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Louis Stettner (USA, 1922 – 2016). Crossing the Seine: Mother and Child, Paris, 1950.
Gelatin silver print; 20×16 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Embossed stamp on recto. (Inv #23661)
© Estate of Louis Stettner, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Sabine Weiss (Switzerland, b. 1924). La sortie de metro, Paris, 1955 (printed later) Gelatin silver print; paper 20x16 inches image 17.5x 12.25 inches. Signed, titled, & dated in pencil on print verso. (Inv #SWS16-38) © Sabine Weiss, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Sabine Weiss (Switzerland, b. 1924). La sortie de metro, Paris, 1955 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print; paper 20×16 inches image 17.5x 12.25 inches. Signed, titled, & dated in pencil on print verso. (Inv #SWS16-38)
© Sabine Weiss, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

The photographs of French humanist pioneers, such as Robert Doisneau, Édouard Boubat, Brassaï, and Willy Ronis, fed the newspapers and magazines of the era and are still celebrated and emulated today. These artworks, charged with emotion, have the undeniable documentary value of authenticity and simultaneously celebrate a nostalgic aesthetic that often romanticises the French way of life. Over the years, this duality has particularly attracted serious collectors of the style.

Today the works of these artists continue to awe audiences with endearing views into the everyday life of post-war France. These works have been exhibited internationally in nearly every major institution and continue to garner praise and provide inspiration to a modern generation of artists and collectors alike.

Willy Ronis (France, 1910-2009). La Nuit au Chalet, 1935. Gelatin silver print; 16x20 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled & dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp on verso. (Inv #5480). © Estate of Willy Ronis, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Willy Ronis (France, 1910-2009). La Nuit au Chalet, 1935.
Gelatin silver print; 16×20 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled & dated in pencil with the photographer’s stamp on verso. (Inv #5480).
© Estate of Willy Ronis, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Robert Doisneau (France, 1912-1994). Le Manege De Mr. Barre, 1953 (printed later) Gelatin silver print; mat 24x20 inches; paper 19.75x16 inches, image 15x13.5 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled and dated in ink on verso. (Inv #RD13-11) © Estate of Robert Doisneau, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Robert Doisneau (France, 1912-1994). Le Manege De Mr. Barre, 1953 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print; mat 24×20 inches; paper 19.75×16 inches, image 15×13.5 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled and dated in ink on verso. (Inv #RD13-11)
© Estate of Robert Doisneau, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Boubat/Brassaï/Cartier-Bresson/Doisneau/Franck/Ronis/Stettner/Weiss – TOUJOURS PARIS
@ Peter Fetterman Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave. #A1, Santa Monica, CA, USA)
Opening reception: October 27 between 2.00 and 5.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until February 23, 2019

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