(Bordeaux 1889 - Paris 1962)
An Elegant Woman at a Mirror, under a Spray of Wisteria
Signed and dated jean / gabriel / domergue / 21 at the centre left. Signed and inscribed jean / gabriel / domergue / Le princesse(?) aux(?) fleurs on the backing board.
Further partially inscribed Domergue / [fem]me vue de dos assise on a torn label pasted onto the backing board.
410 x 231 mm. (16 1/8 x 9 1/9 in.) [sight]
Domergue also worked occasionally as a decorative painter on a larger scale, painting murals for the theatre in the city of Agen in 1911 and at the Château d’Osmond in the Haut-Médoc in 1921. Domergue organized fashionable balls and galas in Paris, such as the 1922 Venetian Ball at the Opéra, as well as events in Deauville, Juan-les-Pins, Monaco, Biarritz and Cannes, where in 1926 he built a villa that later became a museum devoted to his work. Apart from the Salon des Artistes Français and the Salon d’Automne, he also exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In 1933 Domergue was admitted into the Légion d’Honneur, and in 1950 he was appointed to the Institut of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. From 1955 until his death he served as a curator at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, where he organized a series of important monographic exhibitions on such artists as Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Van Gogh, Goya and others. Domergue was in the midst of preparing an exhibition devoted to one of his greatest influences as an artist, the society painter Giovanni Boldini, when he died in November 1962, at the age of seventy-three.