Sublime, undivided back, French, artist signed Raphael Kirchner postcard of a glamorous woman pictured from the side titled "Demi Vierge" ("Half Virgin") after Les demi-vierges (1894), a novel by French writer Marcel Prévost (1862–1940). The gilding surrounding her features a lovely etched design. Card was posted to a Dentiste (Dentist) with a green-yellow,/green-blue, 5 centime, French, Type Blanc stamp issued on December 4, 1900 and withdrawn from sale on July 27, 1925. It is named a "Type Blanc" because it was designed by Paul-Joseph Blanc. The engraver was Emile Thomas. Card is in very good antique condition with a pinhead sized dark stain on the left side, mild foxing and minor bumping.
Raphael Kirchner (1876-1917) Austrian. b. Vienna
From Metro Postcards website
After studying the Vienna Academy of fine arts in 1896, Kirchner began his career as a portrait painter but was illustrating postcards as early as 1898. After moving to Paris in 1900 his commercial work became more dominant and he was designing magazine covers and within a year. Most of his postcards were produced in sets, which tend to differ widely stylistically but not in subject. They almost all depict women with his wife Nina, the Kirchner Girl, being the model for many of them. Though his depictions of women range from ordinary portraits to nudes, he gained the reputation of expressing them with a more erotic nuance than most. Some consider his designs as an early form of pin-up. While some cards contain a lot of Art Nouveau decorative elements, others tend to be more realistic. There is even a very popular series influenced by Japonisme. Since not all of his postcards are signed, his constantly changing stylistic elements can make it difficult to determine a genuine Kirchner, especially when other illustrators imitated his popular style. After the outbreak of World War One he moved to the United States where he continued to paint portraits and provide illustrations for Ziegfeld Folly posters and magazines such as Puck. He also designed postcards that were printed in New York and in London. It is believed that he produced over 1000 postcard images that were issued by many different publishers. Kirchner suffered an appendicitis attack while painting a portrait and died of complications just hours after his operation.
French Stamps: Issues of 1900-1929
From Stamp Collecting World's website
Three new types of definitive French stamps were issued between 1900 and 1929. The types are known to French philatelists by their designers' names, instead of the design names...These new definitive French stamps were issued between 1900 and 1929. The design depicts an allegorical representation of "Liberty-Equality-Fraternity", the very well known motto of the French Republic. The designer was Paul Joseph Blanc, and this series is known to French philatelists as Type Blanc.
Undivided back, French, artist signed Raphael Kirchner postcard of a glamour woman