Photography

Lartigue, Jacques-Henri (1894 - 1986)

Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s humanist work has little to do with that of Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Doisneau. The French photographer who was born and brought up in a wealthy environment depicted high society and his own elitist lifestyle from his brother’s passion for automobiles and aviation to his holidays in elegant towns such as Megève or Biarritz. From the very early age of six, Jacques-Henri Lartigue practiced photography, eager to record all the events of his existence - he also commented it in his numerous diaries. More interested in the Bois de Boulogne’s Belle Epoque fashionable wanderers than in Paris’ popular workers, the photographer captured thousands of fleeting moments in elegant facetious compositions that nonetheless also chronicled an evolving society - ‘I am the taxidermist of the things life has brought to me’. A seducer, he also found in the various women who had shared his life, the carefree and beautiful subjects of his personal happiness and sensuality. His work could be observed as the confession of a child of the century, a diary illustrating a passion for life and an absolute will to imprint ‘all that is no more; all that is not yet’ (Alfred de Musset).

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi and an unidentified friend, Nice 1927-28 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi and an unidentified friend, Nice 1927-28 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette at Picasso's studio, 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette at Picasso's studio, 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bobsled Race, Zissou and Madeleine Thibault in bobsled, Rouzat, September, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bobsled Race, Zissou and Madeleine Thibault in bobsled, Rouzat, September, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Jeanine Lhemann, Royan, 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Jeanine Lhemann, Royan, 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Lady by the lake © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Lady by the lake © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, On the set of
Jacques Henri Lartigue, On the set of "Les Adventures de Roi Pausole", Cap d’Antibes, August 1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Shadow and reflection, Hendaye, August 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Shadow and reflection, Hendaye, August 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled (tennis player) © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled (tennis player) © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Sala at the Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, August 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Sala at the Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, August 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, 1930's © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, 1930's © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, On the set of
Jacques Henri Lartigue, On the set of "The Adventures of King Pausole", Cap d’Antibes, august 1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Grand prix de l'ACF with a Delage, june 26th 1912 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Grand prix de l'ACF with a Delage, june 26th 1912 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou, Rouzat, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou, Rouzat, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Coco, Hendaye, 1934 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHLs
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Coco, Hendaye, 1934 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHLs
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Louis Vuitton, Paris, 1978 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Louis Vuitton, Paris, 1978 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My cousin Bichonnade, Paris, 1905 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My cousin Bichonnade, Paris, 1905 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Boy jumping
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Boy jumping
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Irène, Arlette, Cannes, 1929 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Irène, Arlette, Cannes, 1929 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou is a ghost, Pont de l'Arche, 1905 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou is a ghost, Pont de l'Arche, 1905 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Pablo Picasso, Cannes, 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Pablo Picasso, Cannes, 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée, Paris to Aix-les-Bains, 1931 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée, Paris to Aix-les-Bains, 1931 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa  1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Biarritz, 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Biarritz, 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Marseille, octobre 1928 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Marseille, octobre 1928 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Mardi Gras with Bouboutte, Louis, Robert and Zissou, Paris, 1903 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Mardi Gras with Bouboutte, Louis, Robert and Zissou, Paris, 1903 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Self-portrait
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Self-portrait "when I still have a shadow", 1980 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Airplane, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Airplane, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Antibes, circa 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Antibes, circa 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Storm at beach, Nice, march 1934 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Storm at beach, Nice, march 1934 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Solange, Neuilly, 1929 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Solange, Neuilly, 1929 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled, circa 1930  © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled, circa 1930, Paris © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Untitled, circa 1930, Paris © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi with a policeman, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi with a policeman, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Juan-les-Pins 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Juan-les-Pins 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Gerard Willemetz and Dani, Royan, 1926© Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Gerard Willemetz and Dani, Royan, 1926© Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, 1944 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Femme aux renards or Arlette Prevost
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Femme aux renards or Arlette Prevost "Anna la Pradvina", 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, London, October 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, january 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJH
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, january 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJH
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Beauty contest, Biarritz, 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Beauty contest, Biarritz, 1927 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ubu and Bibi, april 1925 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ubu and Bibi, april 1925 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou driving his bob with 4 wheels, 1910 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Zissou driving his bob with 4 wheels, 1910 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bois de Boulogne, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bois de Boulogne, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, World Championship of jump water ski, Juan-les-Pins, september 1938  © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, World Championship of jump water ski, Juan-les-Pins, september 1938 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue,  Bibi in driver suit, 1923 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi in driver suit, 1923 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi and actress, Louise Lagrange, Deauville, 1922 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi and actress, Louise Lagrange, Deauville, 1922 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Half Portrait in Sleeveless Top, 1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, Half Portrait in Sleeveless Top, 1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ziegfield's Follies, Monte Carlo Beach, July 1933 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ziegfield's Follies, Monte Carlo Beach, July 1933 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Riviera, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Riviera, circa 1930 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Picasso et Jeanne Creff à “La Californie”, Cannes, august 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Picasso et Jeanne Creff à “La Californie”, Cannes, august 1955 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue Untitled © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue Untitled © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi at the restaurant of Eden-Roc, Cap d'Antibes, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi at the restaurant of Eden-Roc, Cap d'Antibes, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, 1920 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Richard Avedon, 1966 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Richard Avedon, 1966 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, M. Folletête (Plitt) and Tupy, Paris, 1912 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, M. Folletête (Plitt) and Tupy, Paris, 1912 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ubu and Bibi on the road, April 1925 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ubu and Bibi on the road, April 1925 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Freddy, Margot, Aix-les-Bains, July 1928 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Freddy, Margot, Aix-les-Bains, July 1928 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Aboard the Dahu II, July, 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Aboard the Dahu II, July, 1926 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My seaplane and me in my bath, Paris, 1904 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My seaplane and me in my bath, Paris, 1904 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue Untitled © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue Untitled © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Huguette Sabouret, Château des Essarts, Veyvialle, 1942 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Huguette Sabouret, Château des Essarts, Veyvialle, 1942 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My cousin Jean Haguet, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My cousin Jean Haguet, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, c. 1930-1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle, c. 1930-1932 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Simone, Rouzat, september 1913 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Simone, Rouzat, september 1913 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Simone, Rouzat, september 1913 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Simone, Rouzat, september 1913 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Wheeled bobsleigh designed by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Wheeled bobsleigh designed by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Chamonix, 1918 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Chamonix, 1918 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL
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