Fireworks of bright green and yellow palm fronds burst above elegant vacationers in Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s “Cote d’Azure.” A French Art Deco painter, Domergue (1889 – 1962) began as a landscape painter and student of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec before achieving fame painting coquettish nude and semi-nude women. The self-proclaimed inventor of the pin-up, numerous celebrities posed for him including Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot.
Jean-Gabriel Domergue(1889 – 1962) was a French Art Deco painter who credited himself with being the inventor of the pinup. A student of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Domergue was a landscape painter before achieving fame painting coquettish nude and semi-nude women. Numerous celebrities posed for him, most famously Brigitte Bardot. He also created travel ads to entice the leisure crowd to the world’s most elegant locations.