This artist-signed lithographic postcard is in near mint condition. Virtually no surface wear and the colors are richly saturated. The Mermaids, by Parisian Albert Guillaume (1873-1942), was entitled "L'épave" in French (the Wreck). While one mermaid digs into a half-buried treasure chest teeming with jewels, another admires herself in a mirror while yet a third mermaid looks over her shoulder. Jelly fish, fish and eels swim around them. Monsieur Guillaume was largely self taught. From book illustrations to posters, from caricatures to oil paintings, he made a name for himself during the Belle Epoque. "The Mermaids" was exhibited at the Salon of 1913. Although this card is not dated, it was likely printed the year of the salon, which occurred in April. Neurdein Frères, brothers Etienne and Antonin, opened shop in 1864. In 1920 they united with Levy Sons & Co. to form Levy & Neurdein reunis. So at the very latest, this card would date to 1919. There are two versions of this card floating around (pun intended); this one in rich blues and another in green. I can't find any information about the original painting hanging in any museum. It would be interesting to know exactly what colors Guillaume used and to see this beautiful work in person. My opinion is that this one is closest to the original painting. The green version is likely a printing issue. Note that the photos taken by natural daylight are lighter; the direct scan and cropped in square close up show the card colors accurately. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
If you're getting a sense of deja vu, it's because I have another listing for The Mermaids here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8511/Mermaids-Amid-Treasure-Paris-Salon-1913 To find a good quality card of "L'Epave" is no easy task. Not impossible, but it can takes months and months of patient searching. I got lucky and found a French dealer who had two copies!
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