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.