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Jacques Henri Lartigue’s Late Work…C’est Chic!

Not long ago, gallerist Michael Hoppen approached fashion designer Paul Smith about curating an exhibition of Jacque Henri Lartigue’s photographs from the 1950s–early 1970s.

The Jacques Henri Lartigue Archives are maintained by the Ministère de la Culture in France. It’s there that Hoppen and Smith sat down to look at this rarely examined period of Lartigue’s work. What they learned, to their delight, is that “Lartigue’s ability at revealing the joy and essence of the people he photographed was still very much intact during the later part of his life,” writes Hoppen.

The photographs that Smith chose are the subject of two simultaneous exhibitions in London. One is at the Paul Smith store on Albermarle Street, the other at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was a French photographer and painter known for making spontaneous and joyful photographs. As a young man in the 1910s-1920s, Lartigue photographed automobile races, planes and fashion models. In the 1930s and 1940s he captured images of middle-class leisure that, similar to his earlier images, show a charm that is detached from the traumas of World War II. Lartigue took his first pictures when he was eight years old. He came into art world prominence in the 1960s.

Jacques Henri Lartigue…C’est Chic!
Curated by Paul Smith
Michael Hoppen Gallery
Paul Smith, Albermarle Street
Through July 27, 2018

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