14 November 2006
JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE
Water Festival at the Molitor Swimming Pool, Paris, June 1931
gelatin silver print
dated twice (one partially visible) probably by Lartigue, credited 'PHOTO JH LARTIGUE', signed and captioned 'Paris Piscine Molitor' by Florette in pencil/ink on verso
5 5/8 x 3½in. (14.2 x 8.9cm.)
From the artist;
by descent to his wife Florette (1921-2000);
acquired by the present owner, 1996.
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Goldberg, Jacques Henri Lartigue: Photographer, Thames & Hudson, 1998, pl.92, there trimmed.
Interwar Paris witnessed a craze for public open-air swimming pools. The famed Piscine Molitor was inaugurated in 1929 by the multiple Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller and was in use until the autumn of 1989. A fashionable centre for both recreation and sports, the Molitor was the stage for water sports and ice-skating, as well as theatrical performances and fashion shows.
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