ETIENNE ADRIEN DRIAN
1885 - 1961
La Robe Rouge
Oil on glass, signed
15.3 x 12.7 cms
6 x 5 inches
Although essentially a painter of women and renowned for that, Etienne Drian also depicted figures, portraits, still-lifes and was a watercolourist, etcher, illustrator and theatre designer.
He worked with several theatre revues then became involved with illustrating periodicals with first La Gazette du Bon Ton before 1914 and then Fémina, L’Illustration, Le Journal des Dames et des Modes and Flirt which were mainly fashion magazines aimed at women who needed to know exactly what type of outfit to wear at different times of day or at certain functions. These had titles such as “La Femme à la Eventail”, “Robe de Linon”, “La dernière rose: robe d’après-midi de Redfern”, “Dieu! Qu’il fait froid…:manteau d’hiver de Paul Poiret”, “Lassitude: robe de dîner de Paul Poiret” and “Que vas-tu faire?”
He provided the illustrations also for several books including among others Les Contes de Perrault, the romances of Jean Lorrain and Henri Régnier and the works of Sacha Guitry.
During the Second World War he published “Les Français pendant La Guerre”
Parisian women were his principal love and source of subject matter and above all, he represented his friend Cécile Sorel in elegant poses
In 1931 he designed the costumes and décor for the theatrical spectacular Le Casino de Paris.
Les Petits Maîtres de la Peinture 1820-1920 – Gerard Schuur and Pierre Cabane
Dictionnaire des Peintres – E Benezit