Moira, Jean Dupas, and Art Deco

Posted: November 3, 2013 in 1920s, art, art deco, surrealist
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One of my favorite aspects of writing is discovering who my characters are. I’m of the mind that I don’t create them. They come to me, and slowly reveal themselves, and their story to me. I’m not saying that I believe that is literally true- that they exist on some different plane- only that is how it feels.

This morning, as Moira (my 1920s amateur painter) sat drinking a mint julep, I wondered what kind of art she would have hanging upon her walls. “ Show me.”

After a couple hours merrily spent studying and viewing some of the prominent artists of the Surrealist and Art Deco Movements of the time, nothing felt right. They might be brilliant works, but not to her taste. That is, until I came upon Jean Dupas (1882 – 1964), a famous French artist and designer.

In 1922, he showed his painting, “Les Pigeons Blanc” (The White Pigeons) at the Salon des Artistes Français.

Jean-Dupas-les pigeons blanc

Romain Lefebvre stated that it was the first painting to exemplify Art Deco, “”with the indicative stylization of the figures, almost sculptural, with their long necks and bent wrists forming large arabesque movement.”

“Yes,” Moira said to his luminous colors and bird motifs.

So now, decorating her black and cream furnished parlor, are her three favorite prints by Dupas. The above mentioned, along with Les Perruches and Pomone.



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  1. These paintings are beautiful. I wouldn’t notice the long neck in each of the photos if you did not mentioned it:) I am always look around the subject first then the subject last. I am so backward. I love arts like this with lot of creativity. Many people are doing this also with photography. Some people do an amazing job to replicate their work like painting that I think Moira would like. I just wish people would be creative with nudity photos as well. I love the human body, all shape and all size. To me it is beautiful with clothes on or off. I also can tell sometimes when it is a man photographer, a woman photographer, and a photographer that has a very good eye. “Some” man photographer show every single treasure of the woman not using any imagination. “Some” woman photographer pose the female model as goddess to hide the jewels and to use the feminine shape. A good photographer with a good eye does very tasteful images that make it look as art and not porn.

  2. Hey Lora!

    I’m so glad you like the paintings, too. I love discovering new art/artists. And I agree with everything you said. Love the way you described it, too. One can tell how passionate you are about photography and it shows in your work.

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