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Jacques Henri Lartigue

(French, 1894–1986)

huguette sabouret au château des essarts by jacques henri lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue

Huguette Sabouret au Château des Essarts, 1942

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still life with disembodied hands, fruit, and vase by jacques henri lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue

Still Life with Disembodied Hands, Fruit, and Vase, ca. 1930–1930

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Biography

Timeline

1894
Born at Courbevoie, France in June
1900
Using his father's camera (and with his help), Jacques Lartigue takes his first photographs.
1902
Henri Lartigue gives Jacques his first camera: a 13 x 18 chamber in wood.
1904
His father continues to give him cameras, which become progressively more sophisticated, lighter and easier to handle. Jacques can now photograph anything (including movement) and, thanks to a stereoscopic camera, can even produce three- dimensional images (taking some 5,000 up to 1928).
1911
At the Sorbonne, he attends the lectures of Marius Aubert, assistant to Gabriel Lippmann who is perfecting a new process of color photography.
1912
Jacques Lartigue adds a new camera to his collection, a Nettel 6 x 13, which will enable him to photograph panoramic views.
He is given a "Pathé" film camera by his father.
1914
Germany declares war on France. Jacques Lartigue's conscription is deferred for health reasons
1915
With ambitions of becoming a painter, Jacques Lartigue enters the Académie Jullian, where he studies under Laurens and Decheneau.
1916
Lartigue puts himself and his racing car (a Pic-Pic 16 hp) at the disposal of the army doctors staffing the hospitals of Paris.

Exhibitions

1964
First French retrospective of Lartrigue's work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris :"Lartigue 8 x 80".
1963
The exhibition entitled "The Photographs of Jacques-Henri Lartigue" at the Museum of Modem Art, New York, launches the artistic career of "Lartigue the photographer". Following the American custom, he adds his father's first name to his own, becoming Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
1955
At the Galerie d'Orsay in Paris, Gens d'Images mounts an exhibition of photographs by Brassaï, Doisneau, Man Ray, and Lartigue.
1922
Exhibits his work at the Georges Petit gallery and in a number of Paris salons.