ARTIST JEAN-GABRIEL DOMERGUE: “I INVENTED THE PIN-UP”.

Written by  on March 16, 2013 

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Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962) was an extremely talented French artist who first exhibited works at the  Salon Des Artistes Français  at the tender age of seventeen, in 1906.Initially he was known for his landscapes, but his career took a dramatic turn in the 1920’s when he began painting portraits of Parisian ladies who evoked the style and bearing of the ‘Pin Up’ girl  (albeit in a very distinctive ‘Bambi-eyed’ swan-necked, florid and whimsical style).Indeed, Domergue (who went on to paint some 3,000 portraits in his career) himself claimed to have “invented the pin-up”; it should come as no surprise then, to learn that he painted many nudes using fashionable actresses of the day or young dancers as his muses.He was patronised and highly-prized by the aristocracy of the day and high society in general, his clients including Nadine, the future Baroness of Rothchild.Domergue’s elegance and skill with the paintbrush was not the only expression of his creative talents – he was also extremely influential in the world of fashion – designing dresses, millinery and accessories for the reknowned Couturier’s Paul Poiret and Henry Marque;  in addition, under his supervision, many grand exhibitions were organised to pay hommage to such legendary “Grand-Masters” as Léonard de Vinci, Seurat, Prud’Hon, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Berthe Morisot and Francisco Goya.Jean-Gabriel Domergue passed away in 1962; amongst his many accomplishments, perhaps he will be remembered best for his radical new portrayal of the women in his paintings as objects of glamour, seduction, frivolity, joy and desire, as opposed to the more  traditional,  melancholic-themed approach of the era.

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photo Thomas Hennocque

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