Sunday on the Banks of the Marne

Artist: Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, Chanteloup-en-Brie 1908–2004 Montjustin)

Date: 1936–38, printed 1950s

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: Image: 24.5 x 37 cm (9 5/8 x 14 9/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gift of Grace and Andrew Schoelkopf, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.614.1

Rights and Reproduction: © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos


his lyrical view of two couples picnicking on the banks of the Marne epitomizes Cartier-Bresson's talent for discovering a seemingly timeless order within the random course of everyday social reality. It has been compared to paintings by Degas and Seurat, and particularly to Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street, Rainy Day (1877; Art Institute of Chicago).