Jean-Gabriel Domergue (4 March 1889 – 16 November 1962) was the self-declared father of the Pin-up girl! His style is distinctive and immediately recognizable. Many of his lovely ladies are featured at the opera like this one at the Monte Carlo Opera! Fine text at the bottom of the page lets potential tourists know all the other enticements Monte Carlo has to offer. I did a lot of searching to learn more about this piece by Domergue and all I got was more unanswered questions:) The French artist designed several tourist advertisements for Monte Carlo, but this one does not come up among his portfolio. (Perhaps in a private collection by now?) However, what I did find is offers of this opera scene and ad as an original print but no date, no magazine format. So I'm pretty confused! I searched for the publisher's name to no avail to attempt to identify the name of the magazine this was published in. So, all I can say with certainty is that this is a page from a December 1959 French magazine in almost mint condition. Looking at it straight on, you see the top corner creased. Held at an angle, a couple of superficial "dings" show up. [This page traveled almost 10,000 miles with me from Antibes, France. At the end of the trip, I looked a lot worse:)] It measures about 12.5 by 9.5 inches. Imagine this framed and matted with the inside cut of the mat a matching red-orange!
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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. 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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