Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962), CARNIVAL A VENISE 1927, three panels 150cm by 40cm oil on gold leaf ground. Each panel signed. The panels were designed as part of the decorative scheme for the restaurant of the Sporting Club in Cannes. The Casino restaurant was redesigned in a Venetian style by Domergue in 1927 with a dozen paintings on gold leaf with a limited pallet of black, red and white. The restaurant on rue Belges was renamed ‘La Gondola’ when it reopened. Jean-Gabriel Domergue was born in Bordeaux in 1889. At the age of seventeen he started to exhibit works at the Salon des Artiste Francais. He spent time with Toulouse-Lautrec, a distant cousin, in his studio and with him, he discovered the Moulin Rouge and its dancers. Degas befriended him and for more than a year taught him the art of observation. Domergue also met Boldini, whose exciting and impulsive style would particularly influence him. Starting in 1920, the year of his gold medal at the Salon des Artiste Francais, his work became extremely popular. He was highly sought after in society and aristocratic circles, painting portraits of the French and foreign aristocracy of the time. He was one of the main organisers of the famous gala events of Paris such as the Venetian Ball in 1922. Domergue’s designs for posters of the Cote d’Azur and Monte Carlo have become iconic images of the south of France.