Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894 - 1986)

Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was a French photographer and painter noted for the spontaneous, joyful photographs he took beginning in his boyhood and continuing throughout his life. Lartigue’s boyhood photographs were almost always candid images taken of his family and friends.. Lartigue studied painting at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1915 to 1916 and would always consider himself a painter first and foremost. It was nevertheless as a photographer that he would establish his reputation. In the 1910s and 1920s Lartigue enthusiastically photographed such subjects as automobile races, fashionable ladies at the seashore and the park, and kite flying.

Lartigue was discovered in the early 1960s and shown at a Museum of Modern Art exhibit in New York City in 1963. His photographs were acclaimed in part because of their departure from the formal, posed portraits that had been typical of early photography and also because of their ingenuous charm.

The Photographs of J.H. Lartigue
The Photographs of J.H. Lartigue

The Photographs of J.H. Lartigue
1903-1920 / Printed 1978
Time-Life Books, Inc.

No. 779 of an edition of 1,000

Various sizes on 16 x 13 single-weight board

Portfolio of ten gelatin silver prints, each print editioned lower right and mounted on single-weight board with folded overmat; titled and dated in gold ink on overmat; embossed frame around image; embossed portfolio seal.
Titles include: 40 Rue Cortambert a Paris. Bouboutte, Louis, Robert, Zissou; Merlimont Premier vol de Gabriel Voisin Sur Le Planeur Archdeacon; Villerville, Ma Cousine Simone; Villerville, Nanik et Monsieur Plantevigne; Zissou Conduisant son ‘Bob a 4 Roues’ Avec Oleo et Louis Comme Passagers Trop charge le Bob va Entrer dans un Arbre; Buc. Zissou dans Levent de L’Helice De L’aeroplane Esnault-Pelterie; Bois de Boulogne Monsieur Folletete, Le Secretaire de Papa, avec son Chien ‘Tupy’; La Singer de Course: ‘Bunny III’; Foret de Marly - Ma Cousine Simone; Deauville: Daisy Spéranza.

Each with facsimile handwritten title, date in gold ink and Portfolio blindstamp on the overmat; signed and numbered in ink on a label affixed to the case inside flap; contained in a folding four-fold case with gold ties and velvet covers.