La Vie Parisienne is a French weekly magazine founded in 1863 and popular at the turn of the twentieth century. It was originally intended as a guide to upper class and artistic life in Paris, but it soon evolved into a mildly risqué erotic publication. It featured the artworks of Georges Barbier, Gerda Wegener, Chéri Hérouard, Georges Léonnec, Maurice Milliere, Sacha Zaliouk,Umberto Brunelleschi, Fabien Fabiano, Léo Fontan, René Vincent, Vald'Es (Valvérane & D'Espagnat), Joseph Kuhn-Régnier, Armand Vallée, Louis Vallet, and Zyg Brunner.
La Vie Parisienne was hugely successful because it combined a new mix of subjects - short stories, veiled gossip and fashion banter, also comments about subjects from love and the arts to the stock exchange - with beautiful cartoons and illustrations by leading artists of the age. Alongside this the magazine also reflected the changing interests and values of the turn of the century population such as fashion and frivolity.
The artwork of La Vie Parisienne reflected the stylization of Art Nouveau and Art Deco illustration, mirroring the aesthetic of the age as well as the values, and this coupled with the intellectualism, wit and satire of its written contributions was a combination that proved irresistible to the French public.
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