Jacques-Henri Lartigue: The Blink of an Eye

Jacques-Henri Lartigue: The Blink of an Eye


The Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce a new show exploring the ‘snapshot’ world of Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), as seen through the eyes of author William Boyd – a life long devotee of Lartigue’s luminous views on life. Lartigue took his first photograph in 1900 at the age of six. Born into privilege, Lartigue’s father was a banker, and the family belonged to the upper French bourgeoisie. Lartigue transfixed the delightful life of the pre-war upper classes with his fleeting visions and a passionate devotion to the pursuit of joy.

The show opening in June features some of Lartigue’s best-loved images including those of his female muses such as the irrepressible Bibi, Rene Perle and Chou Valton and his wonderful last wife, Florette. The photographs of sun-drenched holidays on the French Riviera, fast cars and casual strolls down the promenade between the Wars crystallise the image of la Belle Epoque. However, what makes this show different is William Boyds keen take on Lartigue’s ability to make the perfect ‘snapshot’ before the snapshot was invented! He had the extraordinary ability to reveal the truth of the moment with such simplicity where his prodigious and child-like manner served this style so well.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce a new show exploring the ‘snapshot’ world of Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), as seen through the eyes of author William Boyd – a life long devotee of Lartigue’s luminous views on life. Lartigue took his first photograph in 1900 at the age of six. Born into privilege, Lartigue’s father was a banker, and the family belonged to the upper French bourgeoisie. Lartigue transfixed the delightful life of the pre-war upper classes with his fleeting visions and a passionate devotion to the pursuit of joy.

The show opening in June features some of Lartigue’s best-loved images including those of his female muses such as the irrepressible Bibi, Rene Perle and Chou Valton and his wonderful last wife, Florette. The photographs of sun-drenched holidays on the French Riviera, fast cars and casual strolls down the promenade between the Wars crystallise the image of la Belle Epoque. However, what makes this show different is William Boyds keen take on Lartigue’s ability to make the perfect ‘snapshot’ before the snapshot was invented! He had the extraordinary ability to reveal the truth of the moment with such simplicity where his prodigious and child-like manner served this style so well.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue
The Blink of an Eye
8 Jun – 9 Aug 2016

Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
SW3 3TD London
www.michaelhoppengallery.com

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