I love the portraits of Boutet de Monvel. Sad that he still isn't at all well known; even finding good images of his work on the internet is a challenge. (A few are included in my earlier post on the Maharaja and Maharani of Indore.) His work is suave in the extreme and serenely classical - he reminds me of Ingres most of all - but still manages to be emblematic of its time and milieu, the Thirties and Forties, among the glamorous and very wealthy.
I'm always hunting around for reproductions of his paintings to share here, yet I wasn't aware of this earlier work, his spare and elegant fashion illustrations. Many of these images recall Japanese woodcuts. And they're often so droll; accustomed to the cool seriousness of his portrait work, I was unprepared for the sly wit on display here.