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This legendary French magazine reached its peak in both popularity and relevance during the tumultuous years during and just after World War I. The lavishly illustrated magazine employed many of the era's most famous and talented artists and became part of the fabric of Parisian life. This deluxe large-format volume presents scores of sumptuous color illustrations from the magazine's heyday--cover designs and elegant cartoons of chic young beauties in fanciful and occasionally risqué and even nude tableaux.
Many of these illustrations have not been readily available for nearly a century, making this compilation of particular interest and value to lovers of graphic art and Parisian culture. Published weekly, the periodical covered current topics in literature, music, arts, and theatre, offering an attractive mix of subjects coupled with witty commentary on news of the day. But here we concentrate on the extraordinary artwork by the above-mentioned artists, all three excellent creators who are among the best of their times.
From the Introduction:
"La Vie Parisenne was a weekly paper published in Paris--and about Paris--since 1863. It was never more important to the city than in the years during the First World War and shortly afterward. During those years it embodied the spirit of a people passionate about art, fashion, and theatre--but surrounded by war and its effects. Life was not just about the news, and the citizens of Paris were fighting to maintain their lives, and their culture. La Vie Parisenne with its colorful satire and beautiful imagery, helped then do just that, with a wink and a nod to the reality of politics around them."
"During the later years of the war, when American servicemen began to enter Paris, the magazine celebrated their arrival. After the Armistice, the city celebrated a friendship with the United States that had never been stronger. La Vie Parisenne became a tangible reminder of those ties to thousands of servicemen, and many copies came home with them after the war, depicting the joy and beauty [quite literally, of the beautiful and vivacious ladies] that was, and is, Paris."
Bud here: I personally collect these original issues for exactly that reason. The artwork by Hérouard, is wonderful. He did the girl with the key which we illustrate here. He was the subject of a feature article in the very first Illustrator's Quarterly, issue #1, which is still available in a discounted set. George Barbier is of course a huge name from this era, and was the subject of a recent book that we also handle. René Vincent also appears in a new book just in, Fashion Illustration in Britain.
Artist Louis Chalon was also a contributor to the magazine, although I haven't confirmed that he is in this volume. He was the subject of Jim Vadeboncoeur's Images Portfolio and a major set of illustrations in Images #13.
- Additional Information
Item Code LAVIEH Publisher Calla Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781606601181 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 208pg Color Partial Color
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