This French postcard, hand-dated Jan. 24, 1916, is a standout for its montage combining the real photo of a woman's face and arms with an illustrated dress created in Coles Phillips' negative space style, using the black background of the card.
The dress has been hand-drawn in a light red-orange paint and accented with gold metallic detailing. A light red-toned wash has also been applied over the black, but the card definitely makes you do a double-take: is the lady wearing a red dress or a black dress? And no one is talking about the pigeon in the room because the faux dress and the real face (also color tinted by hand) are center stage.
This card has silvering and wear around the edges, but otherwise, the heart of the image is almost pristine. I have included direct scans and a photo, neither of which, in my opinion, do the card justice. It's just such a charming trompe l'oeil and conversation piece.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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