"Around her," Lartigue wrote, "I see a halo of magic."
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée Perle
Lartigue’s Diary: Paris, March 7, 1930
Half past five at the Embassy. I wait for my "parasol" from last night. I need a whisky. I'm very shy deep down, and ready to be furious if she doesn't show up. It's my curiosity that would be most disappointed..
Five thirty-five. There she is! Can it really be her? Ravishing, tall, slim, with a small mouth and full lips, and dark porcelain eyes. She casts aside her fur coat in a gust of warm perfume. We're going to dance. Mexican? Cuban? Her very small head sits on a very long neck. She is tall; her mouth is at the level of my chin. When we dance my mouth is not far from her mouth. Her hair brushes against both.
"Romanian. My name is Renée P... I was a model at Doeuillet..." Delicious. She takes off her gloves. Long, little girl's hands. Something in my mind starts dancing at the thought that one day perhaps she would agree to paint the nails of those hands...
Renée Perle in a park, 1929
Lartigue’s Diary: Paris, 10 March 1930
"Tall, slim, a long neck, a shining lock of hair caressing her mouth.
I see the reflection of Renee's beauty in women's eyes and men's glances...
Beside her, other women look like farm girls."
Cannes, August, 1931
Juan les Pins, May, 1930
Lartigue’s diary: Juan-les-Pins, 20 June 1930
"The call of swallows, the scent of warm pines. Our room perched at the top of the Hotel des Pins Parasols.
In the morning I go alone into the garden to paint...
She is upstairs, waiting for me in her room. She does her hair, dresses, darkens her eyelashes, eats a sweet...does nothing?...It matters little. All I know is that she is there, waiting for me and I shall go find her at the first summons of my love!
She! Who is she? Renee. Above all she is a woman. A woman!
Perhaps the first I have encountered (I am bowled over like an explorer in virgin forests who discovers, still in existence, a representative of the species diplodocus...)"
подарок от veroniquette:)
thanks to sensen
Juan les Pins, May 1930
Renée Perle with Bangle, Paris, 1931
thanks to sombersigh
Renée à Paris, le jour de Saint-Valentin, 1931
очевидно, модный этой осенью маникюр скопировали с Рене Перль)
Portrait of Renee with Bracelets and Ring, 1930-32
Renee in Hat, 1930-32
Renée Perle in Le Mans
Renee, Biarritz, August, 1930
With the bangles, circa 1930
Perle, with her trademark nails and jewelry, 1930
мне безумно нравится эта фотография: прическа, вуаль, украшения - и футболка!
умение сочетать несочетаемое и выглядеть при этом отпадно дано не каждому.)
за целых шесть ценных дополнений спасибо lotus_feet)
Renée Perle (...-1977)
Born in Romania, date and place unknown; died in the South of France in 1977. Renée Perle, a Romanian Jewish girl who moved to Paris, is famous as the first muse of the French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), who is considered one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. Renée lived with Lartigue as his girlfriend, having met him in 1929 or 1930 on the Rue de la Pompe. He thought she was Mexican, but he guessed wrong; Perle was Romanian, and a model once employed by the French dressmaker Doeuillet. "She is beautiful," Lartigue told his diary. "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." The pair spent two years together, cavorting as if on eternal vacation in Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, and Biarritz, with Lartigue's camera always at the ready. In the "shadowless heaven" of his photographs, glamorous women, including his first and second wives, Bibi and Florette, abound, but Perle's lacquered hair, slender silhouette, modern T-shirts, armfuls of bangles, and talonlike nails shone the brightest. "Around her," Lartigue wrote, "I see a halo of magic." Her spectacular beauty inspired some of his best photographs. Renée also painted, and a large number of her quaint and naive self-portraits are seen in some Lartigue photos. They do not show much mastery of artistic technique, but they have a strange fascination, perhaps because they show something approaching a manic-compulsion by Renée to paint her own face on canvas over and over, almost without end. There have been many efforts to find one of these portraits, as a specimen, but so far with no success. Renée's step-daughter has an oil portrait of her step-mother, but everything else which had been carefully preserved by Renée was dispersed in 2000 and 2001 in two famous Paris sales by Tajan.
blog about Renée
muse-1: Lisa Fonssagrives