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Zissou Caught in the Blast of Amerigo's Propeller, Buc, November

Artist:
Jacques-Henri Lartigue (French, Courbevoie 1894–1986 Nice)
Date:
1911, printed 1980s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
8.1 x 10.8 cm. (3 3/16 x 4 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.365
Rights and Reproduction:
Photographie J.H. Lartigue © Ministère de la Culture - France/A.A.J.H.L
Not on view
Lartigue's photograph of his brother suggests the teenage artist's delight in novel experiences and also the fascination of his family--and of the age--with speed and flight. Using a small hand-held camera, Lartigue managed to capture the peculiar look of high-velocity events recorded in a fraction of a second. His achievement was not so much technical as imaginative, involving no complex chemistry or procedures, only the canny application of a fast new tool to the modern whimsies of a privileged family during the Belle Epoque.
Inscription: Signed in ink on print, verso, C: "J. H. Lartigue*"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, BLC: "1911-21"
James Danziger Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 12," March 11, 1996–June 3, 1996.

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