This could be just more vintage beach wall art. A twentieth century woman diving off the pier into the crystal blue ocean. But think again. It’s a replica of the cover from the French magazine La Vie Parisienne. Or translated means the Parisian life. It was a weekly French magazine founded in Paris back in 1863 and was published up until 1970. The magazine covered typical topics related to books, sports, theater, music and the arts. But in 1905, all that changed when the magazine hired a new editor named Charles Saglio. He wanted to change the magazine to appeal to the more modern reader. Yes, they thought they were modern even back in 1905.
Vintage Beach Wall Art
Change it did. La Vie Parisienne became a somewhat risqué mildly erotic publication for it’s time. These swimsuits were considered risqué in the early 1900’s. So much that during World War I, servicemen were warned not to purchase the magazine. Of course, this made the magazine even more popular in the United States. The new magazine was a success combining a mix of subjects that included short stories, gossip, fashion, the arts and even love. It also included cartoons and full page color illustrations by leading artists of the time. This painting graced the cover of one such publication. Feel free to dive in.