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Georges Rétif de la Bretonne

   Brigitte Bardot at home in Paris, c.1953-1954. George Rétif de la Bretonne collection

Georges Retif de la Bretonne is one of the descendants of the 18th century libertine author Nicolas Edmée Restif de la Bretonne. He was born on February 20, 1930.
At age 18 he goes to Paris and settle in Montmartre. Soon he becomes one of the most influent portraitist of Paris. He knows all the celebrities at that time: Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Charlie Chaplin, Maurice Chevalier, Luis Mariano, etc. He was one of the very first photographers to make the portrait of Brigitte Bardot before her role in ‘And God Created Woman’ by Roger Vadim. He keeps good relationships with the artists he photograph, which leads to surprising scenes such as Line Renaud lying in her bed or Jean Gabin shaving his beard in front of the mirror. After having worked at French magazine Le Figaro, he retired in Bourges where he died on February 28, 1999 at age 69.

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