Georges Lepape (1887 – 1971) French painter & illustrator

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Georges Lepape was a fashion designer, illustrator, and poster artist from France. Lepape’s work blends orientalist elements with flowing lines, vibrant colours, and graphic stylizations reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, ErtĂ©, Gustav Klimt, and Henri de Toulouse-Art Lautrec’s Nouveau movement. The artist has contributed to book covers, playbills, publications, advertisements, and textiles, among other things.

Lepape was born on June 26, 1887, in Paris, France, and began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts when he was eighteen years old. In 1910, he started his illustrious relationship with fashion designer and artist Paul Poiret. In 1920, he had his first major show at the MusĂ©e des Arts DĂ©coratifs in Paris. Six years later, he was invited to work in New York by publisher CondĂ© Nast. He created the classic cover art for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines during his time there. With Le Miroir’s piece, a watercolour and ink illustration on paper, he set an auction record in New York in 2016. Until his death on February 15, 1971, in Bonneval, France, at the age of 83, the artist was a powerful presence in the fashion and art worlds.

Sources

Georges Lepape. Artnet. (n.d.). http://www.artnet.com/artists/georges-lepape/.

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