my brush with greatness

hi all! how’s your holiday weekend going? i hope you’re still playing until at tomorrow in celebration of another year’s hard work! it started as a dreary rainy day here but my clients and i braved the drizzle and hit the fleas first thing in the am. as usual we were rewarded with incroyable finds all day long. i guess my favorite was this original pen and ink drawing that was a fresh and chic as the day it was penned. (above and below). i couldn’t take my eyes off the detail and for only 20 euros it was a steal. one of my clients fell in love with it so of course, clients first! she ended up taking it home.

but first i did take a photo of it and when i got home googled the artist, rene vincent. turns out he was very active in paris in the 20s and drew ads for everything from cars to furniture that really captured slices of life at the time. i spent the past hour looking at his works and hope you enjoy them as much as i did. i’ll never have the the original (unless she wills it to me  :)  but if you click on the pics above you’ll see the remarkable and exacting detail of his work. it seems he was never really more than an ad man but to me he’s a true artiste! i guess that’s the beauty of the paris fleas, they’re a museum where you can take home priceless works of original art if you sift through papers and boxes. you just never know what you’ll find. digging is key!

i got a little obsessed with his work for a furniture store called au bucheron on rue de rivoli. his illustrations show a slice of life in a golden age. as a furniture lover it’s fun to see the many ways he depicts the pieces in everyday ways.

the artist in her studio

the happy couple shopping for the maison

an avant garde daybed

le armoire

le mirror

chic fabric

taking the dog for a promenade

is she reading madame’s diary?

the perfect place to pose

le shopping

packing for le voyage

at her husband’s office

help with the holiday meals

le foyer

the red heels, tres moderne

turns out he was best known for his car ads

and this we’ve all seen. kind of amazing he’s not more well known. at least not to me.

women were just getting their feet wet with a new independence, racing cars, changing tires…

ok yes, i romanticize the 20s but it was such a delicate and pretty time, despite all the bad times. but i guess that wasn’t till ’29 actually. well enough for tonight! the market is open again tomorrow and this time i hope to get something special for my collection. oh and i saw some things for you too and will have a fabulous giveaway tomorrow. see you then. sweet dreams and have a great day off!

September 4, 2011. 1920's, Furniture, illustration, René Vincent.

8 Comments

  1. Luminita replied:

    Love your blog!

  2. Jotter Girl replied:

    Love this illustrator, I have the Porto Ramos-Pinto print in my family room. Thanks for sharing!

  3. christie repasy replied:

    What a treasure, love his style! thanks for uncovering and exposing his illustrations for us to see. Christie

  4. Mom replied:

    Good hunting. Mom

  5. Rebecca Grace replied:

    These are fabulous. Isn’t it amazing how the furniture that was cutting-edge modern in the 1920s STILL looks cutting-edge modern 90 years later? You’re right; Rene Vincent’s ads have a very Norman Rockwell, slice-of-life quality to them. Love it!

  6. Dentelline replied:

    Dear Claudia, tes images sont très belles! je les adore! Où les as-tu prises?
    Bises

  7. Merillion replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    Love these! Esp. the lady in red heels – is that a “Le Christmas Stocking” hanging on the shelf?

    Have fun (even though working :)

  8. Sadia replied:

    these are so precious!
    they are a from a period in time I simply love!

    ‘s’ is for sadia

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