Georges Lepape

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Vogue cover, March 1928

Ink, watercolor and gouache
30 cm x 25 cm
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Vogue bridal fashion, 1925

Ink and watercolour
22 cm x 25 cm
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Sketch for Cover of Vogue, 1922

Pencil and gouache
38 cm x 29 cm
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Vive la France! 1917

Pochoir and watercolor
65 cm x 50 cm
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Theater costume design VII, 1916

Pencil and watercolor
36 cm x 26 cm
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La Plume, 1913

Pochoir and gouache
15 cm x 10 cm

Ecole des Beaux-Arts

From the group of young artists fresh from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts who rose to prominence immediately before the
Great War, Lepape was the greatest. From the first, his work was a model of refinement, simplicity and visual wit.

Became a famous Illustrator

In the Paris of Picasso and Braque, deep in their cubist adventure, of the first expressionist abstractions of Kandisky,
of Matisse, of Leger and Modigliani, of young Strawinsky, of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, all movement and
splendor, music and lavish colors, artistic avantgarde sank deep into consciousness and extended enormously the
pictorial opportunities available to other artists of all kinds. In 1911, Paul Poiret, the radically experimental
couturier to the more adventurous among „le Haut Monde“, issued in a limited edition a slim volume of his work
called „Les Choses de Poiret“ illustrated by the young Georges Lepape who became famous overnight.

Work for Magazines

Between 1912 and 1925, Lepape did his most inspired work for La Gazette du Bon Ton, an exquisitely refined and
luxurious work which was to have a very strong influence. He also contributed to Modes et Manières d’Aujourd’hui (1911),
Les Feuillets d’Arts (1919), Femina, French Vogue, etc.. In the early twenties, his drawings began to appear in
America, in Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and especially in Vogue. It can be said that the twenties in Vogue belonged
to Lepape who between 1920 and 1930 contributed well over 70 covers, more than twice as many as anyone
of his collegues. Seen as a whole, this body of work stands as a splendid and remarkable achievement, a sustained demonstration of graphic resource, invention and technique of a very high order. Lepape produced time after
time memorable and striking images which immediately bring back to life the spirit of the artistically richest years of
this century.