Jacques Henri Lartigue

The Blue Bird

French painter, writer, and photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) is known for his black and white photographs of the worldly society of the Belle Époque and his "Elegants" of the Bois de Boulogne, car racing, the beginning of aviation, the floating world of the French Riviera in the middle of World War II, and his trips to the United States at the end of his life. His work has had a late recognition, coinciding with the great exhibition to be held in 1963 at the MoMA in New York, curated by John Sarkowski. For him, Lartigue was a "true primitive" who invented the aesthetics of the instantaneous and who would give rise to the genre of Street Photography, and in particular announce the work of Garry Winogrand.   

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