It wasn’t until 1963 that Jacques Henri Lartigue—already aged sixty-nine—had his first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, showcasing forty-three of over 100,000 pictures he had taken throughout his life. That same year, Life Magazine featured a portfolio of his photos which went around the world. He became an instant celebrity with his black-and-white images of the Belle Époque and the Roaring Twenties (elegant women in the Bois de Boulogne, car races, the early days of aviation…, etc.).
To his great astonishment, Lartigue, the dilettante who had thought of himself as a painter, had become, from one day to the next, one of the biggest names in twentieth-century photography. The exhibition Lartigue: Life in Color, on view in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, spotlights a previously unseen aspect of his work. Although color photography represents over a third of his total production, it has been rarely exhibited as such. It thus represents a true discovery, not only because the photographs on display had been hardly shown before, but also because they reveal a little-known and surprising facet of Lartigue.
Campredon centre d’art
20 Rue du Dr Tallet 84800 L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France
October 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018