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] During his lifetime he would work as a designer, poster artist, and decorator, and in 1910 he won the Prix de Rome. Afterward, he would continue to paint in the Italian city for two years, completing “Le Danse”, the predecessor for his painting “Les Pigeons Blanc” (The White Pigeons) which was awarded the gold medal when it was presented at the Salon des Artistes Français.[2]

In 1925, Dupas' work would come to define the Art Deco movement and the school of Bourdeaux. That year he participated at the Grand Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris where he exhibited “Les Perruches” (also known as The Parrots or The Parakeets), which has become one of the most recognizable painting of the Art Deco movement which flourished between the two world wars, was at its highpoint at this exhibition and culminated at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.

The Dupas style dominates the advertisment and commercial art for the entire period. In fact, he realized a great quantity of advertising works which appeared even in fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and, in 1927, he even created a catalog for Max, which is considered a “masterpiece of press advertisement”.

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 bigger my work, the happier 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. In 1934, Dupas created fabulous glass panels, used by Charles Champigneulle for the corners of the Normandie's first-class Grand Salon representing the history of navigation, using a technique known as verre églomisé in which portions of the pictorial scene were painted in black and various pastel colors on the reverse of plate-glass panels. Just over twenty feet in height, his part of this mural is now exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[4]

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.[5] [6] [7]


  • 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. ^ "History of Navigation". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  5. ^ (in French)Despugeol (March 1936). "Jean Dupas". L'Art et les artistes: Revue mensuelle d'art ancien et moderne: 225–229.
  6. ^ "Jean Dupas". Primavera Gallery.
  7. ^ "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