La Vie Parisienne

While looking for artwork to decoupage onto candle jars, I serendipitiously found vintage covers of the French magazine, La Vie Parisienne. Founded in 1863, La Vie Parisienne was originally designed to appeal to the upper-classes, offering literary pieces, society gossip and articles about the arts. It also featured the work of immensely talented artists like Georges Barbier, Gerda Wegener, Chéri Hérouard, Georges Léonnec, Maurice Milliere. The artwork was considered risqué, even erotic (think early porn for the intellectual).

I adore the work Chéri Hérouard did for La Vie Parisienne and wanted to share some of it with you. I hope you find it as titillating as I do!  However, because school children often visit this blog, I have posted the images on my other  blog.  If you are under the age of 18, do not click on the link below.  Trust me, you really don't want to see these boring old drawings anyway.


  1. Naughty naughty naughty!...LOVE them! :)

  2. Beautiful illustrations of the Parisian Life give an insight into the fantasies of 1800 Paris...loved it. I think that you remind me a lot of some of those cover pages! Beautiful, sexy, fun...

  3. I LOVE your blog! <3 totally addicted now, after spending a whole day reading it. I am not a fan of Marie Antoinette, but I find her very interesting, and mostly I am here because I am a huge fan of the epoch, (I even wrote a fanfic that had the french revolution as background). Anyway, congratulations for the amazing job, your blog is both very informative and entertaining and the information is absolutely valuable, for both lay readers or people with some background... what can I say? I loveeee your blog.


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