JEAN-GABRIEL DOMERGUE (1889-1962)
Born in Bordeaux, Domergue studied under Adler at the Salon d'Artistes Francais from 1906, achieving an honourable mention in 1908, from where he set out on a career as a landscape painter. Before long, his paintings of nudes and semi-nude coquettes became fantastically popular, and his aggressively modern style secured his reputation and his fortune. Although an obvious successor to Toulouse-Lautrec thanks to his updated but typically Parisien studies of can-can dancers, whores and fashion models, Domergue is possibly best known for his Cote d'Azur nudes. These stylised pictures entirely summed up the carefree abandonment of modern Cannes life, where he lived from 1927.