**ONE OF TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS SAME PRINT IN MY SHOP, COMPARE THE OTHER, PRINTED IN DIFFERENT COLORS** From the skilled hand of the noted Art Nouveau period painter, illustrator and decorator HENRI BELLERY-DESFONTAINES (1867-1910) comes this well known image "L'Illusion", printed in the year 1897 by F. Champenois in Paris for the popular series "L'Estampe Moderne". The image is a dreamy one, with undertones of male and female sexuality. Note the different bluish colors and the white highlights. The artist (an entire website is dedicated to his life and work) studied in the ateliers of Bouguereau, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Luc-Olivier Merson. In his short life he was creatively nourished by the rich artistic atmosphere of Paris and by movements such as Symbolism. Many posters, illustrations, paintings, even tapestries and decorated furniture are available to us today, over a century after his death. See the net for much more information on the artist. This example measures 10 1/2" by 13 1/2" inside the inner fillet and 17" by 20 3/4" in its handsome and complementary black and silver framing. I've examined this out of the frame and take note of some condition issues: a tear extends into the image at lower left (see photo). The piece is not laid down but is taped in the corners (again, see photos). There is a blindstamp of a young woman's head at lower right, under the mat. The tear is not easily noticeable at normal viewing distance. Allow for reflections in a few images. .
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