L'Illustration was a weekly French newspaper published in Paris from 1843 to 1944. It made publishing history with some firsts: In 1891, it became the first French newspaper to publish a photograph. In 1907, L'Illustration was the first to publish a color photograph. It often published special art editions, like this one featuring artwork from the Salons of 1922. Dated May 13, 1922 verso, a bold and sensuous portrait of Mademoiselle Spinelly by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the self-declared father of the Pin-Up Girl,* graces this front cover page. This item shows wear as to be expected, but nothing can detract from the bold, saturated colors, striking image and the gold overlay on the marbled paper! Do use the zoom feature and critique it yourself; I feel confident in saying you'll be impressed! Domergue's artwork was printed separately and then glued inside the gilded frame of the front cover. This item measures about 11 x 14 inches. A variety of advertisements on the back. Please note: you see the upturned right bottom corner? That's from the flimsy mail packaging across the Atlantic. You can be assured that I will pack this art cover with extra protection and by the time you receive, that corner will likely lay flat again:)
*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.
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