Arnold Constable, 1928
Artist: Jean Dupas
Size: 31 x 47 inches
Dupas was trained as an academic painter and became a successful graphic designer and interior decorator. His style dominated advertising and commercial art throughout the Art Moderne period. Outside of the poster world, Dupas is largely remembered for his illustrations in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and his decorations for the first class dining room and ballroom of the Normandie (now at the MoMA). Once you have seen his work, it is easy to recognize a “Dupas woman” – the hair is stylized, her eyes are almond shaped, the mouth is small but full, and her neck is always elegantly elongated.
This poster, commissioned by the Arnold Constable department store, is designed in the sophisticated Art Deco style which was a hallmark of Dupas’ work. Here, he depicts three women dressed in the fashions of the past, present and future, amid lush, slightly surrealistic scenery.