Discover the work and life of artist Bernard Boutet de Monvel, a groundbreaking portraitist who was highly influential to the Art Deco movement.
Stephane-Jacques Addade, art historian, is a specialist on Bernard Boutet de Monvel. He has devoted several exhibitions to the artist and published a few reference books in French.
"Come with me this week to discover this superbly illustrated
and highly collectible new volume about Bernard Boutet de
Monvel (1881-1949), the chic portraitist, who in the twenties,
thirties and forties, in Paris and New York and Palm Beach,
captured the likenesses of cafe society. . . This is one of my
favorite recent books-and an essential reference book for
designers, artists, photographers and everyone drawn to this
alluring and glamorous era. The text is detailed and
informative. Images of his interiors and locations capture the
elegant era with perfection."
-The Style Saloniste
"[Bernard Boutet de Monvel] displayed multiple artistic gifts - as painter, engraver, sculptor and fashion illustrator for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, as well as interior decorator . . . [Bernard Boutet de Monvel: At the Origins of Art Deco] tells in fascinating detail the story of this life and the art that made it so."
"Boutet de Monvel painted all the top people in high society, in all their perfection. In doing so, he created some of the most perfect likenesses of the 20th century. The Maharaja of Indore, immaculate in white tie and tails, is his masterpiece, but he was capable of painting and drawing anyone in fine feathers, male or female. He has been largely neglected as most of his work is cloistered away in the family homes and vaults of his sitters, and that is why this book is so valuable in that it shows us work not seen for years, work that immortalised the perfect craftsmanship of the tailors and dressmakers who made sure that the upper crust were always perfectly clothed for their portraits, as they were for their lives of grand balls and cafe society. This book brings the era of Art Deco vividly to life in a way different to any other."
-Colin McDowell, BusinessofFashion.com