Darbois-Gaudin, born in Paris, was known as a painter of landscapes, as an illustrator, printmaker, and designer. She exhibited in the annual exhibitions of the Salon des Artistes Français and was elected to its membership in 1939. She also exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1944.
She worked on the décor of a number of the French Line ocean liners, including the SS France for which she designed the 1st class Chambord dining room, an elegant, domed space in gold, white, and cream that the food critic Craig Claiborne called “…the best French restaurant in the world.”
She also worked on the liners Antilles and Liberté. Her drawings for the children’s play room on the latter are in the collection of the Écomusée in Saint-Nazaire, a state museum that documents the history of the ship building industry in France.
Listed: E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Gründ, Paris, 1999.
Germaine Irène Darbois-Gaudin Died 1980
Les Écolières (The School Girls)
Watercolor and gouache
Sheet size: 13 X 8¾ inches
Frame size: 19⅞ X 17½ inches
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