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Fondation HCB : Henri Cartier-Bresson : The First Jigsaw Puzzle


The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation offers an educational gift, the first jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces based on a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson: Forbidden City, Beijing, 1948.

In 1948, Henri Cartier-Bresson was in Beijing when the capital was about to be rallied by Communist troops when he had just founded the Magnum Photos agency with Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger. A few months earlier, while he was in Indonesia, it was the famous Life Magazine which asked him to reach China as soon as possible to cover the events.

This assignment was decisive in his career as a photojournalist, which was only just beginning.

When the reportage – titled “A last look at Peiping” – appeared on January 3, 1949, it was this photograph, taken in the “Forbidden City,” which was featured on the front page of the publication. It will be chosen by the international press, published in magazines like Paris Match or Queen, and  featured prominently in Michel Frizot and Ying-lung Su’s book, Henri Cartier-Bresson: China published in 2019.



Puzzle size: 68 x 49 cm + 1 template image Box size: 24.6 x 16.6 x 5.5 cm

Price including VAT: € 19.90

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