Rue Mouffetard, Paris (photograph)

Rue Mouffetard, Paris, is a black and white photograph taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson in a Paris street in 1954.

Rue Mouffetard, Paris (1954), by Henri Cartier-Bresson

The picture is one of the best known of the artist and is named from the street where the event was caught on camera. It was taken candidly in the Rue Mouffetard, in Paris, and it exemplifies what he described as the decisive moment. The picture is also one of the best examples of the genre of street photography, which was cultivated by the author.[1] The atmosphere of the photograph is very light-hearted. It depicts a young smiling child, named Michel Gabriel, carrying two bottles of wine. Behind him, at the left, the blurred image shows two girls that watch him amused. Two adult women, also blurred, are seen at the bottom left, of those only one is looking at the scene.[2][3]

There are prints of this photograph at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, and at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.[4][5][6]