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This a vintage 1920s Art Deco French print from the erotic French magazine La Vie Parisienne.

Titled Au Concours Hippique D'Olympie. Certainly a more risque version of Olympic equestrian competition. This is a quality internal color illustration with images or text on the reverse. Illustrated by Kuhn-Regnier.

SIZE: Approx. 10 1/2" x 13 1/2".

La Vie Parisienne was a French weekly magazine founded in Paris in 1863 and popular at the start of the 20th century. Originally it covered novels, sports, theater, music and the arts. In 1905 the magazine changed hands and the new editor Charles Saglio changed its format to suit the modern reader. It soon evolved into a mildly risque erotic publication. During World War I, General Pershing personally warned American servicemen against purchasing the magazine, which boosted its popularity in the United States.

La Vie Parisienne was hugely successful because it combined a new mix of subjects - short stories, veiled gossip and fashion banter, also comments about subjects from love and the arts to the stock exchange - with beautiful cartoons and full-page color illustrations by leading artists of the age. Alongside this the magazine also reflected the changing interests and values of the start of the 20th century population such as fashion and frivolity.

The artwork of La Vie Parisienne reflected the stylization of Art Nouveau and Art Deco illustration, mirroring the aesthetic of the age as well as the values, and this coupled with the intellectualism, wit and satire of its written contributions was a combination that proved irresistible to the French public. It included artwork of illustrators including George Barbier, Cheri Herouard, Georges Leonnec, and Maurice Milliere.

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Condition

The majority of the image is in excellent condition; the edges have some handling wear and light soiling, a little scrunching in three corners, and some wear on the right edge. There is a 1" tear in the top right corner; we didn't notice that the flap had folded over when we scanned this, but it could be folded back and repaired with a bit of repair tape on the back.

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$32.00

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LA VIE PARISIENNE Nude Amazons in Chariot, on Horseback

Auction ended on Sat, Oct 4, 2014
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