Jacques-Henri LartigueFrench (Courbevoie, France, 1894 - 1986, Nice, France)
Renée Perle, Portrait with Kiss Curls
Though best known for the photographs he took as a child, Lartigue continued to photograph, as well as paint, as an adult.
In 1930 he met the sultry René Perle, a Romanian model who became his lover and muse for several years. His many portraits of Perle document his ardent obsession with her physical appearance. In his diary he wrote: "The small mouth with the full painted lips! The ebony black eyes. From under her fur coat comes a warmth of perfume. The head looks petite on her long neck."
Perle is depicted here with a trendy "kiss curl," a lock of hair pressed flat on the cheek. In other instances Lartigue photographed Perle in furs or other fashionable clothing, sometimes showing off painted nails and arms full of bangle bracelets. She is always perfectly appointed, as if posing for a fashion magazine.