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It has been exactly one year ago to the day that I sold my last Pin-Up girl by Domergue! For someone who was so prolific, postcards of his work are hard to come by. Interestingly, that Italian-printed card, as seen in the last photo, featured this same lady but the man had been cropped out! I rather prefer the full scene with the man in the background and his crooked opera glasses. Doesn't Domergue have a self-depreciating way of showing that it's the woman who's important!:) This card has a top right corner tip creased, but overall, in very good vintage condition. Approximately 4x6 inches. Mailed in June 1972! Note: the postcard is what I call a matte Chinese red. I've included a photo taken at window light which makes the color lighter but excellent for showing up details. Despite my efforts at tweaking the color in the scan, I still don't think it captures it exactly. The Chinese red is bold and rich, not muddy. Once in hand, you'll see it all comes together for a 'tres chic' slice of retro Paris at the opera!
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Jean-Gabriel Domergue (4 March 1889 – 16 November 1962) 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.
One of Domergue's 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. Domergue 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!)
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At the Opera: Retro Parisian Pin Up Beauty by French Artist Jean-Gabriel Domergue
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