Bernard Boutet de Monvel (1884–1949)
Petit tailleur Du matin, plate #151, 1914
Hand-colored engraving from Journal des dames et des modes,
Costumes Parisiens, 1914, 7” x 4 ½”
Gift of Lewis Chapman
Framing by the Noble Maritime Collection
Bernard Boutet de Monvel (1884-1949) is regarded as one of the finest painters, printmakers, and illustrators of the Art Deco era. He began to study painting in 1897and received instruction in sculpture and color etching. Beginning in the late 1890s, when he was still a teenager, Boutet de Monvel’s remarkable color etchings first established his reputation. Published in large editions and exhibited in galleries and museums in Paris, London and America, these color prints account for a significant part of the artist’s output in the years leading up to the First World War. Although he is perhaps best known as a painter of decorative panels, portraits, and urban views, Boutet de Monvel also produced book and fashion illustrations. His works are in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.