This postcard is rare and rich in history because of its artist and its owner. The painting is by Luis Ricardo Falero and is titled "Wine of Tokai," which is a famous amber-colored wine from Hungary. Falero was born in Granada, Spain, in 1851. He refused to follow his parents' wishes for a naval career and instead, at the age of 16, walked all the way to Paris to study art. He continued his studies in London, where he died in 1896 at the young age of 45. He was a bit of a cad. He got his housemaid pregnant (who also served as his model) and then dismissed her. She took him to court and won 5 shillings a week for support of their child. In his art work, he was known for nudes in mythological or fantasy settings. On the back of this card is the stamped address of Count Benedict Tyszkiewicz (1852-1935). He was of Polish-Lithuanian nobility and he was a famous photographer. In 2009, an exhibit at Minsk featured 86 of his photos of Belarus from the turn of the century. He lived in Paris and was a member of the Paris Photo Club. He was also an art collector and would often buy lithograph postcards, put his return address stamp on them, and have them delivered to the artist to be autographed! Now, in 1902 when this postcard was dated and franked, Falero had already died. So who is the mystery "Bolo" signer on the front of this card? I'll leave that mystery for you to solve:) This card shows the slightest signs of wear, hint of foxing on the white border. Overall, for its age, it is in mint condition! Size: 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Price includes shipping by registered mail.
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