This postcard, mailed from Marie to Madeleine in 1906, features a real photo portrait of a long-haired beauty standing in front a tapestry. But her dress and the flowers in her hair and hand make us believe she'd be more comfortable on the beach in Tahiti, posing for Paul Gauguin.
While I see definite island overtones in this scene, perhaps this is simply yet another attempt at capturing the neoclassical look, like a Greek goddess. It was also en vogue to wrap women in yards of fabric to create the mermaid look. If so, again, this woman looks like a fish out of water:)
Oh, but what a beautiful catch she is! Look closely and you'll see her hair goes down to her hips. There is such a contrast in her, that cream skin and the dark background -- wonderful play on light and dark. The flowers are kitschy and the hand-coloring accents that, whereas the added green on the wrap-around gown is done quite artfully. Note too, the beautiful happy new year note added in gold. I'm assuming that Marie added that lovely calligraphy herself.
This card has silvering around the edges and wear at the corners, particularly the bottom right corner. But, surface wear is virtually non-existent. This card is mesmerizing: composition, color, condition. You'll find yourself examining it again and again.
One more bit of trivia: Marie mailed this card to La Suze in the Sarthe department (county) of France, close to Le Mans. Despite the French connections, I'd say this card was printed in Germany.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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