This is a matted French Art Deco men's fashion pochoir that dates to 1922. It is an original pochoir and NOT a recent reproduction. . Pochoir is a stencil-based printing technique that was popular is Paris in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. It was used by fashion and architectural illustrators. Designs were printed with layered applications of color pigments. The manual aspect of pochoir has been both one of its most valuable attributes and one of its greatest failures as a printing medium. It was both labor and time consuming, making it an expensive and slow process of printmaking. As a result, this technique was short lived and was replaced by more modern lithography techniques. Thus, pochoirs have become rare and highly collectible with the passage of time.
This pochoir is a highly stylized image featuring 2 men in the latest of men's formal attire. Note the detailing in the suits...the shirts, collars, shoes, etc. It is illustrated by the leading Art Deco fashion illustrator Eduardo Garcia Benito. Benito left his homeland of Spain to study in Paris where he joined the circle of artists including Picasso, Gauguin and Modigliani whose works greatly influenced him. This is apparent in this work! Benito established himself as a portrait artist, a decorative artist and fashion illustrator. His worked extensively for French Vogue during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This image is classic Benito! Note his stylized signature on the right side of the image. This print is in excellent condition with strong contrasting color tones and graphic quality. I It makes a wonderful gift for today's man of style or the Art Deco connoisseur. 7.25 x 9 inches in size. Comes matted in a neutral tone 16 x 20 inch custom mat ready for a standard size frame. Please allow time for custom matting.
Matted 1922 Men's Formal Wear Fashion Pochoir-Tuxedo