Jean-Gabriel Domergue was born March 4, 1889 in Bordeaux.
At ten years old Domergue’s father, who is a journalist and art critic, would bring him to visit artists at their studios. When he is fifteen years old he starts to paint.
At l’École des Beaux-Arts he frequents many studios, but most famously visits G. Lefèvre, Robert-Fleury, Humbert, and Flameng’s studio.
In 1906, when he is only sixteen years old, he participates at the Salon des Artistes Français where he receives the honorable mention. He presented a landscape and a portrait painting.
In 1913, he wins second place in the Grand Prix in Rome.
1920 marks a very important year for Domergue because he gets the gold medal at the Salon des Artistes Français which gives him immediate success.
He was very quickly sought after by advertisement companies to do posters and covers of magazines.
He will also do decors in theaters and illustrates several books. He once said, “I am a firecracker in a sepulcher”. This clearly explains the vivacious personality of Domergue, who was able to adapt himself in learning how to paint in many different styles.
His specialty is painting portraits of women which he does from the 1920’s to 1950’s.
Towards the end of the 19th century his painting, La Parisienne, is the subject of a lot of praise from numerous of artists. At the beginning of the 20th century, Domergue brilliantly succeeds in mixing his traditional training with his own style while staying original and showing his joie de vivre. He is undeniably the reason for the evolution of female portraits.
Domergue is also known for painting the upper class. His parents are part of the bourgeoisie in Bordeaux. He frequents French and British aristocrats, and also owned a villa in Cannes.
He painted many female nudes. The majority of his models are young dancers and actresses that were popular at the time. He is also most importantly the painter for the aristocrats and upper class. He paints any subject that they desire.
He also plays the main role in influencing and evolving fashion during his time. He will draw for the most famous fashion designers including Paul Poiret and Henry Marque. The models will be mostly in dresses, hats, and accessories.
Cannes, Villa Domergue
Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville
Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Nantes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
E. Bénézit, édition Gründ, Tome IV, page 648.
Gérard-Louis Soyer « Jean-Gabriel Domergue, l’art et la mode », éditions Sous le Vent/Vilo.
Oil on canvas signed bottom left
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Price : on request