Elégante venitienne à la cigarette (Princesse Ruspoli) (1918). Jean-Gabriel Domergue (French, 1889-1962). Oil on canvas.
With a skilled and spiritual brush, Domergue had the talent to convey the racy, light, sparkling side of a pretty woman. He worked a great deal, and his sketchbooks are abundant. Domergue declared himself the “ creator of the pin-up ” and was the portraitist of the French and foreign aristocracy, painting Nadine de Rothschild, Princess Ruspoli and the Duchess of Grammont.