Original Watercolor Drawing by Christian Berard
A lovely 1937 orginal watercolor by Christian Bérard, a French fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Nina Ricci ...
moreA lovely 1937 orginal watercolor by Christian Bérard, a French fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Nina Ricci. This orginal watercolor looks to be done for Chanel. Paper has slight beige colored discoloration from the mat otherwise it is in perfect condition for its age. Frame is 20 x 1 x 16.75 and the watercolor is 17.25 x 14.
Christian Berard was born in Paris, France in 1902. As a child, he was fascinated by the theatre and ballet and compiled albums of costume and scenery designs. He attended the Academie Ranson from 1920 to 1923. He first exhibited at the Galerie Druet in 1924.
By the end of the 1920's, he was an influence on and an inspiration to several fashion designers, notably Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli. All throughout the 30's, Berard was illustrating the witty colourful designs of Elsa Schiaparelli.
Though painting was his first love, he concentrated during the 1930's on fabric and interior design, as well as book and fashion illustration. His work appeared in Harpers Bazaar was instantly recognizable by his free, elliptical style, indicating elegant shape and form without severe delineation.
In 1935 he appeared at Vogue. He was one of the great Bohemian characters of Paris. Still only in his early 30's, he was already the darling of salon, theatre and café alike, a central figure of the artistic demi-monde. Of all Vogue's artists he is the one most widely celebrated in the journals and documentation of Vogue itself.
They called him "Bebe". He was indeed an extraordinary figure: fat, unpredictable, unpunctual, depressive, addicted to opium, but lively, witty, and a charmer.
He was an adventurous colourist. His use of light/dark combinations, though initially considered avant-garde, later became acceptable and even fashionable.
- 20ʺW × 1ʺD × 16.75ʺH
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- Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Paper has slight age discoloration from the mat that surrounds the image Paper has slight age discoloration from the mat that surrounds the image less
- Place of Origin
- Western Europe
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