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Lartigue by Louise Baring


The Boy and the Belle Epoque

Louise Baring

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780500021309

An exploration of Jacques Henri Lartigue's early photography and a vivid portrayal of fin-de-siecle France.

4 stars out of 5
John Banville
28 Jun 2020

"Louise Baring’s delightful account captures Frenchman’s relentless joie de vivre"

The photographs in Baring’s delightful book are a testament to Lartigue’s intense love of the world and the pleasures it affords. They all date from the period between 1902 and the outbreak of the Great War, which brought the Belle Époque to an end with a very loud bang. Times had been good, or had seemed so, in what the German satirist Karl Kraus called “the last days of mankind”. And no one enjoyed them more, it seems, than the French, and no one caught them so vividly as Lartigue.