La Vie Parisienne

Victor Arwas

A homage to Parisian frivolity, wit and satire from the early twentieth century as revealed in the pages of one of the most successful magazines of the period.

300 x 240 mm

160 pages


ISBN: 978-1-901092-65-3


Subject: Art & Design

La Vie Parisienne was a magical name which proclaimed itself proudly as the masthead of a way of life in which frivolity, wit and satire were as important and as relevant as literary and political intellectualism. This very popular journal attempted a fresh mix of humorous cartoons, short stories, sharp little tales of fashion-folk, up-to-the minute gossip about prominent persons whose names are almost never fully spelled out or are given pseudonyms; columns of aphorisms on such subjects as marriage (“Marriage is the only painful operation for which no anaesthetic is allowed”) or love (“Without jealousy the most violent passions would not last a week”); fashion-orientated, sophisticated banter set out as pages of dialogue; and acid comments about all and sundry, music, art, theatre, the races, sports, and the stock exchange. Somewhat surprisingly, the mixture took. Founded in 1863, Parisians bought it in sufficient numbers week after week to ensure its survival for over a century.

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Victor Arwas

Victor Arwas was one of the leading scholars and experts in the fine and decorative arts from the late nineteenth century onwards. He wrote over twenty books, including Glass Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Art Deco, and Art Deco Sculpture as well as monographs on individual artists. Several of his books are the standard works on their subject. He lectured widely, broadcasting on television and radio, organised many international exhibitions, and helped form several museum and private collections through his gallery, Editions Graphiques in London.

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