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Jean Gabriel and Odette Domergue. The donation

90 min visit

Villa Domergue
24 Jun → 19 Sep 2021
Every day from 11am to 7pm (June to September)

« This exhibition brings together the three superb donations to the city of Cannes by Janet Howard Thomas and Jacqueline Vivier of the work of Jean Gabriel Domergue and his wife Odette Maugendre-Domergue. »

French painter and engraver Jean Gabriel Domergue (1882-1962) is none other than the little cousin of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. We owe him the poster of the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival as well as numerous paintings representing women, especially Parisian women. He even declared that he "invented the pin-up"! His painting was not appreciated at the time by critics and art historians who found it too stereotypical for their taste: half-naked women, always very coquettish, with long necks in the manner of Giovanni Boldini... A style which nevertheless earned him a few awards. Odette Maugendre-Villers (1883-1973) is a sculptor. They lived together in the Cannes district of La Californie, in what is now Villa Domergue. She designed the Mediterranean terraced gardens, the ponds and waterfalls, and decorated the green spaces with antique busts and art objects of her own making and collected during the couple's travels. They are buried in an Etruscan-style mausoleum designed by Odette Maugendre herself in the villa's garden. This exhibition is accessible with the Cannes Culture Pass 2021.


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