Image from “La Parisienne, 1955″
He was born in Bordeaux, France. Domergue is an artist of unique features that make his paintings recognizable at first sight. His art brings a style that is the most precious of the 20th century. Great talent since childhood, at age 18 he received his first award.
He behgun as a painter of landscapes and then after influenced by the painting of Giovanni Boldini, Domergue developed a career making semi naked women portraits that made him famous.
With Neo-Impressionist strokes, the faces on the women of Domergue express cheerful temperament, explicit coquetry and bodies enjoy appearance elegant, soft, thin and dressed in outfits showing a pristine transparency. This last a feature unique in the style of Domergue.
It is difficult to determine the style of this artist that deserves an own classification: “French modernist Mannerism”.
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Vintage Belle Epoque Poster “Varonska et Alperoff ” by Jean Gabriel Domergue
Varonska et Alperoff by Jean Gabriel Domergue, 1923
Vronska and Alperoff were two principal dancers with the Ballets Russes ensemble. This poster was realized in 1923 by Jean Gabriel Domergue, the bard of the “Belle Epoque”, in a style reminiscent of the Emmy Magliani poster.
Recommended price: $10,000–16,000
Jean Gabriel Domergue: “I invented the pin-up”
His classical painting combined with an aura of fantasy makes Domergue’s portraits unlike any other. Domergue changed the way women were portrayed, breaking the traditional melancholic and vaporish poses.
Joubé as “Arlequin” by Domergue, 1921
Harlequin (or Arlequin in French) is the servant characters from the Italian Commedia dell’arte. This is a rare poster from the “Belle Epoque” made by Jean Gabriel Domergue for a 1921 French comedy starring Romuald Joubé as Arlequin.
Jean-Gabriel Domergue “Arlequin” 1921
Recommended price: $6000–8000
Tobacco Advertising Poster for Parisiennes Cigarettes by Jean Gabriel Domergue
Parisiennes cigarettes have been manufactured and distributed in France by the French government monopoly S.E.I.T.A. the acronym for Service d’exploitation industrielle des tabacs at allumettes (Service for the industrial exploitation of cigarettes and matches). This ad was done for the German market and labelled Cigarette of the Year. Note the use of the sophisticated Parisienne drawn by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the much sought after society artist of the period.
Advertisment for “Parisiennes” Cigarettes by Domergue
Recommended price: $750‑1500
This poster was realized by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the painter of the roaring twenties (and thirties) social life.
Monaco, an ancient principality steeped in a rich and colorful history, is considered by many to be Europe’s most fascinating country. Though the Principality covers but one square mile, it stands as a proud monarchy with his Serene Highness Prince Albert as its head of state. Monaco lies in the lower part of the principality, Le Rocher, where the palace is built, whereas Monte Carlo is home to the world famous Casino de Monte Carlo.
Travel Poster by Gabriel Domergue for Monte-Carlo
Recommended price: $750‑1500