This is one of three items I currently have available featuring the artwork of French painter Jean Gabriel Domergue. "The love lesson in the park" was exhibited by Domergue at the 1913 Salon de Paris and it was this stunning piece selected for the front cover of L'Illustration when that magazine produced a special section on the exhibition. This art reproduction postcard was printed by Lapina & Co. of Paris, which opened shop the following year (1914-1927) and as you can see, the card is hand-dated Nov. 20, 1916. No doubt a reminder of more peaceful, beautiful days before the war. This card, along with the Venice scene I have available (as seen in the trio photo at the bottom) show the beginning of Domergue's career, before he developed his 'pin-up girl' style as seen in the menu. To see these items, just use Domergue in the search box.
Typical antique postcard size, about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Light "shadow" markings/rubbing on the white border but overall, no creases and for its age, in overall fine antique condition.
Domergue was a French painter, born in Bordeaux, specializing in portraits of Parisian women. He exhibited works at the Salon Des Artistes Français in 1906 at the age of seventeen! He won prizes and gold medals for his landscapes, but his career took a decisive turn during the 1920s when he claims he invented the Pin-Up and he became the painter of the "Parisian lady." He went on to paint approximately 3,000 portraits: nudes and fashion "coquettes," sometimes accompanied by men. Unfortunately, for someone who was so prolific, postcards of Domergue's work are hard to come by! He also designed clothes for the couturier Paul Poiret. From 1955 until 1962 he was the curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André (a place I always recommend to anyone going to Paris. It's a mansion owned by art collectors and donated to France upon their death; it's an intimate and elegant art experience!) One of his oil paintings of a red-headed coquette sold for $4500 in 2011. The owner of the Gallery Souzy in Paris has an impressive web site dedicated to Domergue and his paintings that they have sold.
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