April 26, 2010

V= Vie as in La Vie Parisienne

'La Vie Parisienne' was one of the more famous and well-known of specifically Parisienne magazines. Originally intended as a guide to the privileged social and artistic life in the French capital, it soon evolved into a mildly risqué publication in which illustrations of scantily clad damsels abounded.

It was all done in very good taste though it had more than its fair share of detractors. General Pershing for one is said to have personally warned American servicemen against purchasing the magazine - for little good that would have done. 'La Vie Parisienne' was also banned in certain countries such as neighboring Belgium for instance, though in war-time it appeared that such silly regulations were not always adhered to. (info via HERE)

I adore all these illustrations... would LOVE to illustrate one of these magazine covers "Fifi style"!!!

This is the last week of my A to Z Challenge... April in Paris... stop by all week!!!


Polly-Vous Francais said...

Oui, oui!

La Vie Parisienne even had "personals ads" as far back as WWI. Here's a sample


Unknown said...

these magazine covers are SO cute! i had never seen them before...thank you for sharing!
xoxo alison

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love the magazine covers too...I think you would do amazing Fifi painting...right up your alley! Have a wonderful week.


Very good, wonderful art, ooh to be in Paris!!!!.


Anonymous said...

I love the first cover with the couple and the girl in the pink gown, adorable!

Paris Pastry said...

Yes, they're so beautiful! So French!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

You would do these so much better. :)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oooo , tres riske, Fifi !!
I think that your interpretation of one of these illustrations would be brilliant. Please do one and show us. XXXX

vosgesparis said...

hey you ;)
I got your envelope yesterday with the little painting in it of meneer Kaas ;) It is so cute!

Thanks again for sending it to me.
I will give it a very special place
xxx desiree
oh and ofcourse I made a post about it;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Fifiness! Oh, get out your paint brushes. You could do a better job creating magic! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Ooh la la, what an artistically naughty post, Lovely!

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