Posted 10 years ago
A rainy day at home. I arrived home deflated & empty-handed after a morning staking out my regular Tuesday haunts. I pulled out the camera, took a look in the drawers and came up with a few items that had been forgotten for too long. To tell the truth I can't remember where or when I bought this 'pochoir' but I know that it was over twenty years ago.
Georges LEPAPE signed.
France 1887 – 1971
Plate VII, Au clair de la lune 1913
from the fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton No. 9 1913
Decorative Arts and Design, pochoir.
The 'pochoir' process is a form of stencilling "a form of coloring pictures that dates to a thousand years ago in China. It was introduced to commercial publishing in France in the late 1800s, and there it had its most exquisite expression." - Wikipedia.
The illustrated fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton "was published in France from November 1912 to 1925. Founded in 1912 by Lucien Vogel, the magazine covered the latest developments in fashion, lifestyle, and beauty, and was distributed by Condé Nast." - Wikipedia.
"The centerpiece of the Gazette was its fashion illustrations. Each issue featured ten full-page fashion plates (seven depicting couture designs and three inspired by couture but designed solely by the illustrators) printed with the color pochoir technique."
"It employed many of the most famous Art Deco artists and illustrators of the day, including Georges Barbier, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), Paul Iribe, Pierre Brissaud, André Edouard Marty, Thayaht (Ernesto Michahelles), Georges Lepape, Edouard Garcia Benito, Soeurs David (David Sisters), Pierre Mourgue, Robert Bonfils, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Maurice Leroy, and Zyg Brunner, who all, rather than simply drawing a mannequin in the outfit, like most previous fashion illustrators, depicted the model in various dramatic and narrative situations." - Wikipedia.
Georges Lepape: Studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and the ateliers of Humbert and Cormon. In 1911 illustrated Les Choses de Paul Poiret and the following year programmes for the Ballet Russe. Innumerable magazines covers and fashion plates for La Gazette du Bon Ton and Vogue.
In 1911, Poiret again published a brochure of his designs, this time created by another young artist, Georges Lepape, who had been trained in the atelier run by Fernand Cormon, where Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Sérusier, Matisse, and Picabia had all studied. Les Choses de Paul Poiret, vues par Georges Lepape appeared in a larger edition: one thousand copies were printed (Paris: 1911). Lepape, too, had absorbed the lessons of bright color taught by the Ballet Russes, and his pochoir prints of Poiret's still high-waisted fashions in this brochure and later in the Gazette du Bon Ton used line drawings with large areas of blues, greens, reds, pinks, and yellows. - http://www.art-deco-prints-and-posters.com/lepape.asp