Christian Bérard

Eccentric Modernist


A groundbreaking monograph on one of the most versatile artists of the twentieth century.


ISBN: 9782080204035 Category:

Célia Bernasconi, Pierre Passebon, Jérôme Hanover, Tirza True Latimer, Nick Mauss, Aurélie Verdier, Marika Genty


Christian Bérard worked freely in many artistic circles and fields, as a painter, designer of theater and film sets and costumes, fashion designer, interior designer, masterful draftsman, and colorist. His iconic drawings epitomized the Paris fashion world and graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Women’s Wear Daily in the 1920s and 1930s. Tracing his eccentric and colorful life of encounters and artistic partnerships with the greatest creatives of his time-Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Dior, Gabrielle Chanel, Jean Cocteau, Boris Kochno-this book positions Bérard in his rightful place in the center of Parisian art world in the 1930s and 1940s. The monograph includes more than two hundred of his paintings, drawings, photographs, intimate correspondence, and interior decorations, along with portraits of Bérard by Cartier Bresson, Horst, and Schall.

Additional information

Weight 1988 g
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.9 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 13 January 2023
Number of pages 280
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.9 cm
Weight 1988 g


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Célia Bernasconi is chief curator at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

Jérôme Hanover is a journalist specializing in fashion and luxury.

Pierre Passebon is a collector and founder of the Galerie du Passage in Paris.

Tirza True Latimer is professor emerita at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Nick Mauss is a multi-disciplinary artist.

Aurélie Verdier is curator at the Musée National d'Art Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Marika Genty is heritage delegate at Chanel, Paris.