Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was a French photographer and painter who is best known for his spontaneous, moving and cheerful pictures. The artist started taking photographs as a child. He later studied painting at the Académie Julian in Paris. Although he perceived himself more as a painter than a photographer, he was particularly known for his photographic work. Lartigues subjects include car racing and fashionable women on the coast and in the park, jumping, moving running, all in movement. His photographs have a lightness that reflects his positive character and his joie de vivre.