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Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the inventor of the Pin-Up



Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962) was a French painter specialising in portraits of Parisian women. He went on to paint approximately 3,000 portraits. Domergue invented a new type of woman: thin, airy, elegant, with a swanlike neck and wide seductive eyes which gaze upon the world with longing.
Domergue was born in Bordeaux and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1911, he was a winner of the Prix de Rome. From the 1920s onward he concentrated on portraits, and claimed to be "the inventor of the Pin-up". He also designed clothes for the couturier Paul Poiret. From 1955-1962 he was the curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André, organising exhibitions of the works of Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Goya and others. Domergue was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. He died 16 November 1962 on a Paris sidewalk.