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Elegante au Chapeau Bleu by Jean Gabriel Domergue

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Domergue is world-renowned for his renderings of beautiful Parisian women

Key Features

  • A red-haired beauty is the subject of this stunning painting by Domergue
  • The artist is heralded for his elegant portraits of la belle Parisienne
  • He proclaimed himself to be the inventor of the pin-up
  • His works are highly sought after for their ground-breaking reflections of women
  • Signed (lower left); Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 18 1/8" high x 15" wide; Frame: 25 1/8" high x 21 5/8" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:15 F:21 5/8 Inches
  • Height:
    C:18 1/8 F:25 1/8 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Figurative
  • Artist:
    Domergue, Jean Gabriel
Jean Gabriel Domergue
1889-1962 · French

Elegante au Chapeau Bleu

Signed (lower left)
Oil on canvas

A red-haired beauty dons a fashionable blue hat in this elgant portrait by French genre artist Jean Gabriel Domergue. Entitled Elegante au Chapeau Bleu (Elegant Blue Hat), this important work of art is the perfect example of the portraits for which the artist is renowned, featuring what would be coined la belle Parisienne: slender, swan-like, often athletic women infused with an unmistakable grace and beauty. His innovative take on the female form prompted Domergue to profess "I invented the pin-up." The artist's oeuvre encompassed women from all facets of society, from aristocratic figures such as Liane de Pougy and Nadine, future Baroness de Rothschild, to sensuous nudes, actresses and dancers who were the height of French fashion and fascination.

Born in Bordeaux in 1889, Domergue demonstrated an immense artistic talented at a young age and studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In fact, he was only 17 years old when he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français for the first time, winning the Prix du Rome in 1911 and a gold medal in 1920.

Landscapes dominated his works early in his career. However, the 1920s saw a major shift in his focus to what would become his trademark subject, la belle Parisienne. Domergue's works reflect the new found sense of joie de vivre that permiated post WWI Paris. Its impact could be felt in all the creative arts: from painting and fashion, to music and dance. A subculture of jazz and jazz-influenced dance music popularized by such entertainers as the American Josephine Baker quickly embedded itself into the Parisian scene, and the organic asymmetry of the Art Nouveau gradually give way to the sleek sophistication of Art Deco. As seen in Elegante au Chapeau Bleu, Domergue's women exude self-confidence and awareness, culminating in a perfect blend of prowess and elegance unique to his paintings. 

Domergue enjoyed a tremendously successful career. From 1955 until 1962 he was the curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André, organizing exhibitions of the works of van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Goya, among others. Domergue was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur and also served as a Fellow of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Mid 20th Century

Canvas: 18 1/8" high x 15" wide
Frame: 25 1/8" high x 21 5/8" wide

Artist's Select Museums:
Réunion des Musées Nationaux, France
Galerie de Souzy, Paris
Villa Domergue, Cannes
The Royal Collection, London

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