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was a French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...
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specialising in portraits of Paris
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Domergue was born on March 4, 1889 in Bordeaux
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and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts is the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France.The École des Beaux-arts is made up of a vast complex of buildings located at 14 rue Bonaparte, between the quai Malaquais and the rue Bonaparte, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près,...
. From the 1920s onward he concentrated on portraits, and claimed to be "the inventor of the pin-up". He also designed clothes for the couturier Paul Poiret
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. From 1955 until 1962 he was the curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André
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, organising exhibitions of the works of Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Goya and others.
Domergue was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur
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