This postcard is a cross-cultural gem. Printed in France and mailed to Madrid, it features the stunning art nouveau design of Hungarian artist Arpad Basch (1873-1949). It is one in a series of 10 postcards he designed honoring woman in European countries. This one with the gold overprint griffon and the lady in the green and lavender dress represents Germany.
At the top left corner in the white edging, underneath the Spanish script, is "L'Allemand," French for "The German." At the bottom right corner in the white edging, it's noted "Serie 653, No. 10." However, no editor or publisher's name is given. The artist's signature is at bottom left in front of the woman's gown.
Neudin's "Best Postcards of Illustrators" says this about Basch: "This Hungarian painter made very brilliant postcard compositions, often embellished with gold, that make him one of the masters of art nouveau." That description aptly fits this card of the German lady with reticule in hand as she holds up the back of her flowing ruffled gown. The row of overlapping demi-circles on each side of her are overprint in gold as well as many of the lines in the swirling mosaic design behind her. And, as already mentioned, the griffon is embossed in a thick gold overprint.
Mailed from Madrid to Barcelona on Jan. 28, 1902, this card is in overall mint condition. Absolutely stunning. The gold and the muted colors come together for understated elegance. A real gem for the art nouveau collector and no such collection would be complete without one from Basch.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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