Jean Carlu (French, 1900-1997) "Breaking the Chains" Original Charcoal on Paper c.1920s
Rare original work by noted French poster artist Jean Carlu.
A fine example of his interest in Art Deco and Cubism.
Original charcoal on paper. Dimensions 24" x 10". The contemporary frame measures 31.5" x 17.5".
Signed in the lower right corner.
Very good condition.
Jean Carlu started his career as a professional poster designer in 1919. From 1919 until 1921 he served as an illustrator, after which he worked at an agency that designed advertisements. In that period he designed his first poster in art deco style (for The Kid by Charlie Chaplin). He was attracted by cubism and by the works of Juan Gris and Albert Gleizes. These are the characteristics that give his posters and other works their distinguishable quality.