The Musée Elysée in Lausanne currently presents Life in Color by Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986). The exhibition, which will be on display until 23 September 2018, introduces a little-known facet of the French photographer’s work: in addition to the black-and-white oeuvre that made him famous, Lartigue also created a vast collection of colour photographs that were never exhibited in his lifetime.
Jacques Henri Lartigue was 69 years old when his work was discovered by the art world thanks to a solo show at the MoMA in New York. Born into an affluent background, he began to take pictures at the age of seven before embracing colour photography in his teens. Despite his love for black-and-white, Lartigue – who was also an avid painter – maintained: “For me, life and colour are inseparable.”
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