Here we have one of his early etchings from the Fashion Period 1910-15. This etching is titled 'Odette'. As you can see, this young lady is walking her dog on a windy day, as she is holding her hat. This is an outstanding piece with wonderful composition. Before Louis Icart achieved fame for his boudoir etchings, he signed pieces 'Helli', an early family nickname.
This etching has been authenticated by the Louis Icart Gallery. The COA will accompany the etching to its new home.
The etching is signed in plate Helli (Louis Icart). All pictures are original and un-edited. Authentic Louis Icart Etching.
The overall page dimensions are 9 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches and the plate is 4 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches. Will be professionally packed and shipped.
A little history : Louis Icart was born in Toulouse, France in 1880 and passed away in Pairs in 1950. He began drawing at an early age. He was particularly interested in fashion, and became famous for his sketches almost immediately. He worked for major design studios at a time when fashion was undergoing a radical change-from the fussiness of the late nineteenth century to the simple, clingy lines of the early twentieth century. In Icart's drawings, one sees the Impressionists Degas and Monet and, in his rare watercolors, the Symbolists Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau. In fact, Icart lived outside the fashionable artistic movements of the time and was not completely sympathetic to contemporary art. Nonetheless, his Parisian scenes are a documentation of the life he saw around him and they are nearly as popular today as when they were first produced. By the late 1920s Icart, working for both publications and major fashion and design studios, had become very successful, both artistically and financially. His etchings reached their height of brilliance in this era of Art Deco, and Icart had become the symbol of the epoch.
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