Original lithograph print, "Les Soliloques du Pauvre" for the jacket of the book of poems by the noted French poet Gabriel Randon (1867-1933), who went by the pen name "Jehan Rictus". The print measures 7 5/8" by 12 7/8" inside the mat, and as framed measurements are 16 1/2" by 21". Steinlen (1859-1923) of course was the major Swiss artist known for his drawings and prints during the late years of the 19th century and early years of the twentieth. Well integrated into the cultural circles in Paris, he was a popular illustrator and in this example was tapped to create the book jacket for this poetry work. The image is classic, and powerful, despite the lack of color. Belle Epoque elegantes hurry along an urban street, while the gentleman at right makes for a haunting almost expressionistic figure. From information gathered on the net, I believe the poetry book was first issued in 1897, and this work was created in 1903. I have not opened this as it is well sealed up, having been framed by Earl's of Brentwood, a quality mid century framer on the west side of Los Angeles, but the condition appears to be excellent. There is just a hint of a soft vertical fold towards the middle, where this would have been creased while in use as a book cover. With the quality silvery frame, inner fillet and linen mat, this adds up to an unusually elegant addition to your traditional or contemporary interior's wall. Allow for some reflections in the images. Actual color is not nearly as yellow as images suggest.
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