Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986)
Suzanne Lenglen, Nice, France, 1921
From the series »Tennis 1910–1926«
Jacques Henri Lartigue was fascinated by the ascent of sport in the early twentieth century as a fashionable pastime for the middle class, and was himself a keen sportsman. Lartigue's entirely unposed photographs, capture both the joyous exuberance of amateur sports like racing, skiing, tennis or gymnastics and the particular character of its popularity in the first half of the twentieth century. Lartigue is an absolute master at conveying the dynamics of the human body at play - the peculiar shapes it can contort into, and the gestures that can express anything from easy nonchalance to fierce focus.
Gelatin silver print, print date: c. 1970
Image dimensions 18,1 x 24 cm (18,1 x 24 inch)
Mounting, Framing Archival mat board 40x50 cm
Photographer's stamp, photographer's series stamp »Tennis 1910–1926. Photographies de J.H. Lartigue«, press stamps and several handwritten notations on the reverse
Jacques-Henri Lartigue, J. H. Lartigue & les femmes, Paris 1973, pl. 45.
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