An original lithographed cover of the well known late 19th century French weekly satirical publication "Le Rire", issue No. 53, of November 9, 1895, featuring imagery by artist Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) of an old woman carrying wrapped flowers, a young attractive ballerina in tutu at right adjusting her shoe. The piece as framed measures 14 3/4" by 12 1/2". The title is "Le Jour Des Morts (Day of the Dead). Le Rire was an early day version of today's Charlie Hebdo. Jean-Louis Forain is today a somewhat neglected figure in art history. He studied for a time with Gerome and Carpeaux. A close friend of Degas, he was also known to Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet and Monet, and participated in the early years of the Impressionist movement. Forain was a close observer of Paris society and of his fellow artists, which enabled him to comment incisively about any number of events and situations of the day. These antique covers are today collectable as examples of lithography. The paper has browned convincingly with age and there are edge tears at upper left and center right, and old tape discoloration at bottom, which could be hidden by a fresh mat.
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