Paris: Denoel, (1982). First Edition. Hardcover. 4to.252.  pp. 400 illustrations (including 60 in color). Catalogues; Index. Text in French. Fine in near fine dustjacket (short closed tear; faint age toning). Item #18971
The monograph on Paul Iribe (1883 – 1935), a French illustrator, and designer in the decorative arts. He worked in Hollywood during the Twenties and was Coco Chanel's lover from 1931 to his death. In 1919 Iribe was in Hollywood recruited for design work by film director Cecil B. DeMille. Iribe and DeMille were ideally paired collaborators sharing a penchant for luxury replete with all the entailing visual drama. DeMille allowed Iribe complete creative freedom. In Hollywood, Iribe practiced the same design sensibilities for which he was renowned in Paris. In the late 1920s, he returned and became part of the bohemian clique, a cosmopolitan mix of personalities from the world of the arts and elite society. Notable members were Misia Sert, her husband, Spanish painter, José-Maria Sert, Jean Cocteau and his lover, French actor, Jean Marais, Serge Lifar, a member of the Diaghilev ballet, and couturier, Coco Chanel.