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The Art Exhibition. Opening Day, from “High Society.” By Anne Fish 1920

The Art Exhibition. Opening Day, from “High Society.” By Anne Fish 1920

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Sketches by Anne Fish, from “High Society,” published in 1920.
The Art Exhibition: Opening Day.
After All, There Is Nothing Like Modern Sculpture to Stimulate the Imagination.
First published in Vanity Fair, March 1920.

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High Society. Hints on how to Attain, Relish – and Survive It. A Pictorial Guide to Life in our Upper Circles. Published in December 1920 is a unique book celebrating the work of the star-illustrator Anne Fish. It’s a selection of drawings from Vanity Fair from 1914 to 1920. The book provides a unique, rich lens into American and international high society’s lifestyles.

An excerpt of the original presentation of the book:
High Society is a new collection of Fish’s remarkable drawings of life in our upper circles. It is a complete pictorial guide to the ways and habits of these strange beings who dwell in the thick, sweet atmosphere of adulation and the rich, regrant redolence of wealth.
There is beauty in Fish’s extraordinary gallery as well as satire. The patterns of the flapper’s frocks are like laces and hangings by Beardsley. A Pomeranian on the rug becomes a patch of elegant scroller like something in a Japanese print. Even her profiteering millionaires become designs made up of deft and satisfying curves. See all pages here

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In December 1920, G.P. Putnam’s Sons published “High Society,” a unique book celebrating the work of the star-illustrator Anne Fish. It’s a selection of drawings published on Vanity Fair US from 1914 to 1920.
The book provides a unique, rich lens into American and international high society’s lifestyles.

An excerpt of the original presentation of the book: High Society. Hints on how to Attain, Relish – and Survive It.A Pictorial Guide to Life in our Upper Circles.
High Society is a new collection of Fish’s remarkable drawings of life in our upper circles. It is a complete pictorial guide to the ways and habits of these strange beings who dwell in the thick, sweet atmosphere of adulation and the rich, regrant redolence of wealth.

Dowagers, divorcées and débutantes, bridge friends, trick butlers, tango addicts, amateur vampires—the fortunate reader meet them all in this book. And sees them with the amused, satirical eye, and through the clever intelligence, of one of the most distinguished of living black and white illustrators.

There is beauty in Fish’s extraordinary gallery as well as satire. The patterns of the flapper’s frocks are like laces and hangings by Beardsley. A Pomeranian on the rug becomes a patch of elegant scroller like something in a Japanese print. Even her profiteering millionaires become designs made up of deft and satisfying curves. See all pages here

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