If this item looks familiar to you, it's because I have a sepia version with a 1924 Olympic stamp on the front also listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8009/Girl-Shoe-Salon-de-Paris-Suzanne
This postcard features a rare piece of art from French artist Suzanne Daynes-Grassot-Solin, "The Child's Shoe." I was so excited to have the sepia version, but this full color one is even better!
I can't clarify what year she exhibited this darling scene, but the printer, Lapina of Paris, closed shop in 1927. 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. Supposition on my part, but I'd venture to say this was one of her earlier paintings before she became established as a painter of nudes. My guess is that this postcard is from the 19-teens, pre World War I.
The message verso wishes Jean a happy fete and it looks like everyone got in on signing their name, to join in on the well wishes.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Overall, in incredibly fine condition. A few specks, wear on the outside, but no creases and super colors. The card has a quasi linen texture. There is a round spot above the right armchair, which I'm assuming is a stain, but it did not go through to the back side.
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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 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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