Entitled "Odalisk" by J. Seeberger, this unused French postcard produced on behalf of the Salon de Paris, depicts a black-haired harem concubine admiring herself in a gold mirror. She has a red ribbon in her long, wavy black hair and she holds a fan behind her head. She is naked save a see-through black veil with white polka dots. Propped on large floor pillows in blues and yellows, she is surrounded by red roses. The artist's signature is at the bottom left corner. There is much information online about Jules Seeberger, one of three brothers credited with creating the Paris fashion photography scene at the turn of the century. However, information about Seeberger the painter doesn't seem to exist! I'm assuming they are one and the same. Seeberger the artist has left behind a distinctive body of work, mostly nudes (circa Salon de Paris 1914) and Art Deco lovelies along with a few other Orientalist-themed paintings like this one. Note that verso this card is called a Luxochromie, the trade name used by the Noyer Photo Studio in Paris for their art cards printed in halftone lithography.* This all adds up to a colorful, quality print -- even a hundred years later. Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Slightest hint of wear at the corner tips. No creases. Overall, for its age, in fine antique condition.
*Thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York for this information.
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