Pierre BRISSAUD (Paris 1855 - Paris? 1964)
Sidesaddle: Design for the Cover of Vogue
Pen and brown ink and watercolour, with a border drawn in green wash.
Signed and dated Pierre Brissaud 1924 at the bottom centre.
Stamped ART DEPARTMENT/ AUG 29 1924 on the verso.
303 x 247 mm. (11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
This splendid drawing was used at the cover illustration for the 1 September 1927 edition of Vogue, published in New York. As this September issue, the ‘Autumn Forecast’, informed its readers: ‘Every year, with the same startling abruptness, autumn is upon us! One day, we consider ourselves quite charmingly dressed in our late-summer clothes, and the next, suddenly, without any apparent warning, that is the last costume we want anything to do with. For autumn is upon us, and anything by autumn clothes automatically acquire a last-season look. And when that day comes – who among us will be prepared? If we have read and assimilated this issue of Vogue, we will have an excellent understanding of the foundation of the autumn mode…For this issue, which is described as the Millinery, Autumn Fashions, and Furs number, is a résumé of the outstanding autumn modes, as well as an important forecast for winter.’
In 1932, an American writer praised Brissaud’s drawings: ‘If you wish to feel gay, to be amused, to be charmed, to see the quintessence of pure French taste in art, to see good drawing, grave yet lovely color, the humor…’ (M. W. B. McCormick, The American, New York, February 1932).
Vogue, 1 September 1927, reproduced on the cover.