La Belle Journee by Georges Lepape BTG30 $145
Each single print measures approximately
inches wide by 9 1/2 inches long.
We at Panteek are unexpectedly entranced by the beauty of
these rare pochoir illustrations from the magazine Bon Ton
Gazette published by Lucien Vogel 1912-1928. Designed
as a journal to appeal to the elite of Paris, full of high
fashion plates and chatty articles on all aspects of life
for the privileged, it transcends its mundane goals through
the incredible quality of the publication from the high
quality paper to the breath taking beauty of the prints and
the high quality of the art throughout.
Here in the so called “forgotten years” of the 1920’s we see
the art that evokes the whole gamut of that fabulously
creative era in France, from the Impressionists and the
Fauves to the Cubists, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau & Deco
The extravagantly vivid colours of the prints were created
by the “pochoir” process, wherein single layers of color
were added by hand to a lithograph using a stencil, in a
precursor of the silk screening technique which is now
widely used for art prints. Each print measures about
7 1/4 inches by 9 1/2 inches and is without foxing. On
some, there is edge toning.
Many of the works of the fashion designers of the day were
featured, including Worth, Pacquin and Poiret. The most
notable artists utilized were Georges Barbier, Erte, Georges
Lepape, Paul Iribe, Pierre Brissaud, along with many others.
Some references cite Aubrey Beardsley as the source of the
outlines & Leon Baskt for the colour. George Barbier
was truly a luminary of the time, becoming hugely successful
in the world of design and haute couture fashion
illustration, contributing to Vogue as well as Bon Ton. His
designs for the magazine, along with those of Lepape, are
Boston Public Library
Suffice it to say, that these prints are rare jewels,
suitable for any modern lady’s boudoir and more, with a
breathtaking beauty of colour. The paper is creamy, with
edge toning on some which in no way detracts from their
beauty. The prints in this set were derived from the
American edition of the Bon ton Gazette, called Le Bon
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