This image was published by the Gazette du Bon Ton and republished in Art and Decoration in the 1920s. The Gazette du Bon Ton, put out by the retailer of the same name, was considered ‘THE’ trendsetting magazine of the era.
This is the penultimate quartet of drawings from French architect Rob Mallet-Steven’s remarkable 1922 portfolio, Une Cité Moderne. Brimming with art deco verve and modernist details, the prints are stencil, or pochoir, printed in additional bright colours.
The painting is from a set of 4 prints called the ‘Quatre Proverbs’ published in 1927 for a French magazine, this was an open print run. The pictures depicted emancipated women looking after themselves. This picture roughly translates as ‘He who grasps at too much losses everything’.
Les Papillons = Butterflies
Georges Lepape (French; 1887–1971)
Pochoir illustration printed on Japan paper Plate III in: Modes et Manières
d’Aujourd’hui (Paris: Maquet)
“Georges Lepape peignit ces 12 gouaches. Pierre Corrard fit la préface et les
légendes.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York