Jean-Gabriel Domergue was born in Bordeaux, France on March 4th, 1889.
An extremely precocious painter, Domergue exhibited works at the Salon Des Artistes Français in 1906 at the young age of seventeen. In 1913, he was awarded the Second Prize of Rome and went on to win the gold medal award in the 1920 show. He then began showing outside the exhibition.
Having first been recognized for his landscapes, Domergue invented a new type of woman: thin, airy, elegant, with a swanlike neck and wide seductive eyes which gaze upon the world with longing.
"I invented the pin-up" he later claimed.
He went on to paint approximately 3,000 portraits, he played an essential role in the evolution of fashion in his era.
The female figure became airy, sparkling and effervescent like Champagne bubbles laying the ground in his own way for the feminine revolution which began in the next decades. No one can remain unaffected when gazing upon such gaiety and sensitivity portrayed by the subtle style of his stroke.
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