Gelatin silver print, toned
Image: 7.8 x 13 cm (3 1/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.64
Photograph by Jacques Henri Lartigue © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL
All four Lartigue photographs in the Raymond collection picture Renée Perle, his muse and lover between 1930 and 1932, and were purchased from the sale of her estate. Born in Romania, she became a fashion model in Paris, where they met. Little is known about her, but several photographs show her painting or standing by her canvases in a studio. Here she and Lartigue together hold up one of her works for the camera, a giant compilation of self-portraits. While her painting skills were rather basic, Perle’s sense of personal style was ahead of its time. Fashion designer John Galliano saw Lartigue’s photographs of her and used her as his muse for a 2008 collection.
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