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Jacques-Henri Lartigue

French photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Lartigue's photographs are remarkable for their ability to capture the idyllic world of a past era. He took his first photographs at age six, taking pictures of the activities of the well-to-do Lartigue family, typically kite-flying and racing. He took his first action shots beginning in 1904, one of his most famous being "Delaye Grand Prix" (1912), in which a frozen automobile contrasts with the blur of figures in the background. From 1908 to 1910, he created a collection of shots of airplanes and pioneers of aviation. When the family moved to Paris in 1911, he became fascinated with the worldly ladies and actresses around the city. He enlisted in the French Air Force during World War I, but took few images if the war itself. During the 1970s and 1980s he took many portraits, including those of Arthur Rubenstein and Pablo Picasso.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500023491.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Jacques-Henri Lartigue:

Jacques-Henri Lartigue Cousin “Bichonade” in Flight, 1905 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Simone Roussel on the Beach at Villerville, 1906 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue My Brother, Zissou, Gets His Glider Airborne, Chateau de Rouzat, 1908 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue The Race Course at Auteuil, Paris, 1910 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Woman with Fox Fur, Avenue des Acacias, Paris, 1910 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Zissou in His Tire Boat, Chateau de Rouzat, 1911 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Wheeled Bobsleigh Designed by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1911 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France, 1912 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue The Famous Rowe Twins of the Casino de Paris, 1929 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
Jacques-Henri Lartigue Picasso, 1955 (printed 1972) Gelatin silver print with toning on photographic paper mounted on board
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