Amandine Doré (1912-2011)
ENGLISH NAME: Bacchanal (an occasion of wild and drunken revelry)
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right.
SIZE: 61 x 47 cm (25 x 19 inches)
IMAGE is ACTUAL ARTWORK
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Amandine Doré , pseudonym of Odette Amandine Bonne was born in Paris and was a painter, illustrator and French writer. She studied art at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière as well as the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She was most known for her romantic illustrations under Amandine Doré and when erotic, under the pseudonym Madame ***. Besides illustrations, she produced many watercolors, drawings and engravings which were exhibited at the Salon d’Automne.
In 1940, her brother André Bonne, introduced her to Albert t’Serstevens who was writing pirate books. The relationship soon moved from illustrator to romantic and to marriage by 1946. They got married in Tahiti and stayed for 3 years and then traveled extensively while Albert wrote and Amandine illustrated. Following Albert’s death (15 years her senior), she returned to Paris and continued to illustrate.