The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 27, 2016

The Crystal Ball, 1931

gelatin silver print, toned, Image: 23.70 x 30.00 cm (9 5/16 x 11 3/4 inches); Paper: 24.20 x 30.00 cm (9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2007.149

Holding this symbol of divination and future sight is Reneé Perle, Lartigue’s lover and muse from 1930-32. Through reflection, the ball makes visible some of the elements that were behind the camera.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (10/19/2014-1/11/2015): "Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Phorography," cat. no. 3, p. 6-7.

Library materials about Jacques-Henri Lartigue (22)

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