This postcard features a rare piece of art from French artist Suzanne Daynes-Grassot-Solin, "The Child's Shoe." I can't clarify what year she exhibited this darling scene of a curly-haired toddler in striped socks lacing her shoe, but based on the history of the Neurdein printing company, it would have to be 1919 or earlier. Verso is the symbol of the Salon des Paris. Neurdein labeled it "Salons de Paris." I don't know French well enough to know if this is a typo or not:)
Nit-picking aside, I'm eager to share with you what my online sleuthing uncovered. John Noott Galleries of Great Britain provides fine biographical information about the artist, which I've posted below. She was born in Paris in 1884 and died in 1976 in northern France, in Senlis. As Noott's mentions, her studio contents were sold in 2001. One of the items auctioned was a 24x39-inch signed pastel of "The Child's Shoe." It sold for a little over $1100.
Suzanne is mostly known for her nude portraits; indeed, nudes, a couple of landscapes and one flamenco dancer are all I could find as examples of her work. So again, this charming childhood scene stands out all the more as unique among the artist's portfolio. Oh, to know who has the original oil painting and what colors were used?!
For better or worse, the sender added a decorative stamp to the front of the postcard, touting tourism to Dinan in France's Brittany region. Michel was headed to Paris and confirming plans to rendez-vous with Monsieur Bechet, who, if I have connected the dots correctly, was an abbot at the Jesuit school which is still located there, at 12 rue Franklin. The stamp commemorates the eighth Olympiad from 1924 to 1927, when Paris hosted the summer games. It depicts an athlete with an arm extended in a Roman salute.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Virtually no surface wear. Nick on center left edge, but overall, in incredibly fine condition.
"Suzanne Daynes-Grassot was born in Paris, and was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and the Sociétié Nationale between 1918 and 1935, and also at the Salon des Independants and the Salon d’Hiver. She was awarded the Armand Berton Poussielgue Prize at the Salon in 1930 for "La Femme Rousse" (The Red-haired Woman). She also exhibited at the Independent Artists' Winter Salon. She continued to paint after 1935, but it is thought she may have stopped exhibiting. The sale of the contents of her studio was held in 2001 and included some 200 works by the artist herself and her circle. Most of her work is in oils on canvas, but she also occasionally painted in watercolours. Suzanne Daynes-Grassot specialised in pictures of female dancers, intimate feminine subjects and nudes. Works sold in various centres including Paris, Nice and New York. Reviews of her works appeared in many contemporary arts magazines, with the comment often repeated that her work should be better known and appreciated. She was also known as Daynes-Grassot-Solin." From the John Noott Galleries web site.
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