Etienne Dinet's original oil painting "Slave of Love" hangs at the Musee D'Orsay, but this card was produced on behalf of the Musee de Luxembourg, where it first hung. The French artist, one of the founders of the Society of French Orientalist Painters, painted this romantic couple based on an Arab legend, in 1900. This postcard reproduction was mailed in 1913! It is a high quality reproduction, printed on linen-textured paper. The white border shows soiling but no creases. Overall, for its age, this card shows minimal wear. About 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Dinet's life is most interesting. If you are not familiar with him, I highly suggest a Google search. He was a man of strong convictions and very passionate. He lived much of his life in Algeria and converted to Islam in 1913. During WWI, he and his sister turned their family mansion into a hospital.
The postcard of wild-growing wisteria is a freebie I'm including. I just couldn't resist pairing the two items together.
Searching the history of this work of art, I found some poor copies offered as art prints and even printed on pillows. Pairing a quality antique postcard with modern technology, you can make your own quality print or canvas at a substantial savings. If something like that interests you, let me know. I can work up a 1200 dpi digital scan of this postcard. I can remove the stamp, the postmark, enhance/brighten the coloring, etc., and get the image ready for you to turn into wall art or home decor.
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