Jean Dupas

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Jean Théodore Dupas (21 February 1882 – 6 September 1964) was a French painter, artist, designer, poster artist, and decorator in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.


Dupas was born in Bordeaux.[1] He won the Prix de Rome for painting in 1910.[2]

Dupas has worked in various exponents of the Nouveau and Deco areas, such as the fashion magazine Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, he showed Les Perruches, one of his most famous oil on canvas. In 1927, with the aide of French printing house Draeger [fr], he conceived a catalogue for the fur company Max.[3]

In the 1930s, Dupas was commissioned by Frank Pick to produce the artwork for a series of posters for the underground network of London Transport.

Dupas expressed his predilection for large-scale projects: "The greater is my work, the happy I am." Thus his collaboration in the decor of famous steamships during the 1930s, emphasizing the Art Deco mode of the time. Among these works, the SS Île-de-France and the SS Liberté were among the first. But in 1935, with the help of glass master Champigneulle, he decorated the grand salon of the Normandie, in more than 400 square meters of painted and frosted glass.

He became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1941.[4] [5] [6]


  • Frescos of the Saint-Esprit church, Paris
  • Frescos of the d'Albert dans la Somme church
  • Palais royal de Bucarest
  • Collège Saint Louis, Paris
  • Frescos of the Claude Monet school, Paris
  • Great frescos of the La vigne et le vin, in the Aquitaine museum, Bordeaux
  • Two frescos in the viewing room at the Bordeaux Stock Market Exchange
  • La femme en rouge (1927), Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris
  • La fontaine italienne (1926), Musée de Beauvais
  • Le char de l'aurore. This last panel constitute of Normandie which was exposed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 2005 exhibition, Art Deco Paris. Today is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
  • Musée Antoine-Lécuyer, Saint Quentin
  • Musée des arts décoratifs, Bordeaux


  1. ^ "Poster, The Student's Ball (Bal des Étudiants) (Primary Title) - (2010.110)". Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
  2. ^ French Art Deco. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 30 September 2014. ISBN 9780300204308.
  3. ^ (in French)Arts et métiers graphiques, Charles Peignot, September 15, 1927, page 52.
  4. ^ (in French)Despugeol (March 1936). "Jean Dupas". L'Art et les artistes : Revue mensuelle d'art ancien et moderne: 225–229.
  5. ^ "Jean Dupas". Primavera Gallery.
  6. ^ "Dupas, Jean Théodore". Benezit Dictionary of Artists. 2011. doi:10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00055719. ISBN 978-0-19-977378-7.


  • Jacqueline du Pasquier, Bordeaux Art Déco, Éditions Somogy, 1997
  • Affiches de Jean Dupas. Catalogue de l'exposition, Bordeaux, 1987
  • Les Pages d'or de l'édition française, Mairie de Paris, 1988
  • Patricia Bayer, Art déco. Le livre, Éditions Florilège, 1988
  • Louis René Vian, Les Arts décoratifs à bord des paquebots français, Éditions Fonmare, 1992