I'm sorry to say that I can't find the history behind this particular painting of Basile Lemeunier's (1852-1922). But I can tell you that one of his oil paintings sold through Bonham's auction house for about $155,000 in 2011. Monsieur Lemeunier doesn't even have an entry in Wikipedia. How can that be?! Because if you 'google' his name, you'll find he left an impressive body of work, capturing colorful, detailed street scenes of Parisian life at the turn of the century.
In this one, "Mauvais Conseils" (Bad Advice) one of the details that catches my eye is the lavender-pink letters visible on the ripped advertisement poster. Two ladies walk side by side. Gestures and expressions -- plus the artist's title! -- spur our imaginations on as to just exactly what kind of bad advice the lady with the cornflower yellow umbrella is giving to her friend carrying the large beige hat box.
Artist signed at the bottom right corner, Lemeunier painted this in 1903.
Verso, this card is unused with an undivided back. Published by the Neurdein Brothers of Paris. No creases. Slightest signs of age visible in the white border. Overall, for being 102 years old, in fine antique condition.
IF you would be interested in turning this postcard into a gallery wrapped canvas, send me an email and I'd love to talk to you about how that is possible.
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