Monday, January 3, 2022

Jean-Gabriel Domergue's Cuties

Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962, Wikipedia entry here) was a painter and illustrator whose work evolved to where he mostly painted stereotyped young women as a means of earning a living.  I wrote about him here and elsewhere.

Being a professional artist is usually precarious from an economic standpoint.  For that reason, I can't blame people like Domergue for latching onto a visual schtick that bring in the denarii.  But I don't have to like the schtick.

Below are examples from his later (post-1940) work.  Not all he did in those days looked quite like the images shown.  What interests me is how similar those faces are.  He apparently didn't have to do much research or thinking to create them.


"Femme en noir á Venise" perhaps from around 1920.  This is an example of the kind of work Domergue did early in his career.

A portrait - Miss Frederica Montagu of Ince Blundell - 1938.  This has his stylizing beginning to appear.  Unfortunately, I could not locate a photo of his subject for comparison.

Now for a series of images with similar faces.

Eyes are set far apart.

Eyebrows are highly arched.

Noses are stubby.

Mouths are on the small size.

But lips are full.

Evening gowns are low-cut.

You can enlarge this image to better reveal Domergue's brushwork.

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