Our Huntresses

Artist:Maurice Milliere
Date:1920-25
Medium:Gouache and Watercolor on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 11" x 14 1/2" Framed 16 1/2" x 20 3/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for La Vie Parisienne
Price:$5500.00
Above: Detail
Above: Framed view in period fine silver gesso frame

An original gouache cover painting for the notorious French publication La Vie Parisienne. The long running, humorous and racy magazine chronicled the exploits and sexual proclivities of sassy and free spirited French follies showgirls and their often dim witted suitors in risque, breezy, spicy pulp-like fashion. Maurice Milliere was a frequent contributor of cover illustrations. Fans on both sides of the Atlantic were familiar with the adventures of our delightful bobbed hair cover girl "Fanny" who appeared in a variety of humorous and or scandalous poses. Text translates to Our Huntresses: How the ladies make their powder speak.

Above: The artist's signature and text lower right
Above: Title

Maurice Milliere (1871 -1946) was a prolific French illustrator, artist, designer and etcher. He was a key figure in what has come to be regarded as "Boudoir Art" , and an influence on later artists like Louis Icart. Born in Normandy, France, Maurice Millière began his art education in Le Havre, but was soon transferred to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Arts Décoratifs in Paris where he was a classmate of Toulouse-Lautrec and Raoul Dufy among others.

Above: "Fanny" the huntress on the Sept. 1923 Cover of La Vie Parisienne by Milliere

His skill as a draftsman translated quickly into success as an illustrator and his brilliant interpretation of the "Modern Parisienne" soon became known as the "Petite femme de Millière". Using the technique of color etching and drypoint, Millière created a modern woman who was coy, charming, independent and beautiful. Slightly erotic and very adorable, Millière's portrayals became known as "Femmes Poupées" or "Doll Women", and with them, he created the genre of Boudoir Art.

Millière's success continued to grow during the 1920's. He was made a Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur, and his concern for the welfare of children affected by World War I led him to become the treasurer for Charitable Works in Montmartre where he lived. Although his art became slightly less erotic and more sedate during this time he continued to work steadily and in various mediums.

Above: Unframed view
Above: Similarily posed and themed Milliere interior page from Sept. 1925 Edition


 

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