(Paris 1887 - Bonneval 1971)
Papiers à Lettres “Élite”: Maquette for the Logo of the Élite Paper Company
Signed lepape in pencil at the lower right.
Inlaid within a hand-drawn border in pencil on a sheet of pale blue watermarked Élite paper, with a printed and partially embossed text Papiers à Lettres / “ÉLITE” / velin de rives.
129 x 101 mm. (5 x 4 in.) at greatest dimensions [image]
304 x 234 mm. (12 x 9 1/4 in.) [full sheet]
Referring to Lepape’s stylish drawings, William Packer has written that, ‘Never seeking to do more than decorate the surface he was given, and appropriately and charmingly indulge his wit, Lepape produced nevertheless, time after time, memorable and striking images that may now be seen to be rather more than mere period pieces, ripe for fashionable revival.’
Lepape reached the peak of his success at Vogue during the decade of the 1920s, when he completed over seventy cover designs for the magazine. As the artist’s son later recalled, ‘the covers Lepape prepared for Vogue were more than a series of ravishing images. They were a succession of surprises, each new one as delightful as the last...Readers looked forward to their next issue of Vogue with all the more pleasure since they knew it would look different every time.’ Lepape also drew covers for the magazines Femina, Harper’s Bazaar, La Donna, House & Garden and Vanity Fair. Lepape came to be renowned for his fashion illustrations and magazine covers, and also produced posters, cards, costume and set designs for the theatre, as well as advertisements for, among others, Arys and d’Orsay perfumes, Renault cars, Leroy furs and the department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.