Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Marcel Vertes

Snuff was a men's cologne that came in this beautiful glass pipe,
inspired by René Magritte’s painting,
Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe






I love this vintage collection of Marcel Vertes illustrations for Elsa Schiaparelli. Isn't this a lovely collection?

Marcel Vertes (1895-1961)
" Twentieth century painter, printmaker and illustrator, Marcel Vertes moved from his native Hungary to Paris during the First World War. Living and working in the famous Latin Quarter, Vertes quickly established himself as one of the most important artists of the Paris scene, thus continuing in the footsteps of Boutet, Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. The art of Marcel Vertes was at its peak during the vibrant and somewhat wild decade of the 1920’s. Concentrating upon scenes of Paris street life, portrayals of women and depictions of circus and cabaret acts, Vertes left a legacy of original lithographs and drawings that superbly capture the spirit of 1920’s Paris." kavanaughgallery.com

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) Italian-born fashion designer who established an important couture house in Paris. She was famous for her Surrealist fashions of the 1930s and for her witty accessories, such as a purse in the shape of a telephone.

14 comments:

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh, I LOVE them!

Coco said...

I understand "shocking" on the first one. What is the significance of "Shocking" and "snuff" on the other illustrations? Was she a clothing deisgner? Perfume?

Coco

adrienne said...

Wonderful illustrations! And what an interesting name for a cologne.

charlotte said...

makes me want to get out the paintbox!

Saucy said...

I love them too! I am guessing that is your cologne bottle... are any of the prints yours too?

That crack about the pretzel rods was really, really low. I just about fell off my chair and hit my head. If that had been on my computer screen when Veto found my cold dead body, you would have been held totally liable.

Linda Crispell said...

I'm afraid I swiped the pic of the cigar cologne decanter, but I am currently on a mission to find one!!!
I do collect Schiaparelli ads illustrated by Vertes.

Carolee said...

What wonderful illustrations! Very cool that you collect them. :)

~ Carolee

Sandy and Joe said...

Hi Linda! I'm going to e-mail the DC info to you; I don't think the article will get to you in time if I mail it. It was in the weekend WSJ on January 16. If you send me your address, I will mail the Big Boy article (:. xo -- Sandy

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What great illustrations! Very whimsical and airy.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Another truly lovely post greatly enjoyed!

Coco said...

Being that I am using a slow internet connection I should have waited until your entire post loaded. I wouldn't have asked you the questions that I did because you clearly answered them.

Thanks for posting these lovely vintage prints.

Linda Crispell said...

Coco- I rewrote the blog to include your answers. Please don't throw out your computer!!!

vivienne strauss said...

ooh la la!!! I can't believe I missed this post, just looked up Vertes because I didn't recognize the name immediately (though his images are all recognizable and definitely memorable!). Lovely post, Linda!!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Hello, I just returned from a local antiques store and purchased a piece of artwork (perhaps a print on very thin paper. It has a description on the back explaining it as Vertes tongue in cheek look upon an Amazonian world....a world where horses and men fare very much alike at the hands of the fair sex, though with the horses getting slightly the better deal. The art is two women with a partial horse and a smaller horse in the background. One woman holding the horse and the other woman holding up a pair of man's pants and his hat in her other hand. The women are dressed in circus attire with one being totally topless. Just wondering where I could find out more information about this piece? I can send a pic to you if you would like to see it. My mom has a frame shop and is going to frame it for me. I found your blog upon researching this artist.