Jacques Henri Lartigue

Imprints of Joy

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, Softbound. 40.00

This 50 page catalogue, featuring 40 duotone reproductions, is released in conjunction with Edwynn Houk Gallery's pioneering exhibition of vintage photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue. The images in the show are culled from the private collection of Florette Lartigue, the photographer's widow who died in May. The child prodigy of photography, Lartigue (French 1894-1986) took his first photograph at age 6. His early photographs record the dawn of a century elated by the conquest of speed and flight. Making full use of faster emulsions and shutter speeds, the young Lartigue captured the accelerated movement of modern times: the first public flight of an airplane in France (1904), the wonderful new sports cars, the swift exchanges of tennis players, and the burlesque antics of family and friends romping with makeshift racers and flying machines. Born into privilege, Lartigue transfixed the delightful life of the pre-War leisure class. His fleeting visions of seaside resorts, and of Ladies of fashion, gliding down the pathways of the Bois de Boulogne and parading at the races, reflect a passionate devotion to the pursuit of joy. Lartigue's dashing figure is brought back to life in the catalogue's vivid introduction written by the photographer's close friend, the major French collector Roger Thérond.

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