This is one of five postcards I have in a rare series of unsigned Raphael Kirchner (1876–1917) designs produced by M.M. Vienne. According to Neudin's "Les Meilleures Cartes Postales d'Illustrateurs," there are possibly 9-10 cards in this series with the light lavender background. The direct scan doesn't do justice to this beautiful postcard. The yellow is bold and richly saturated, not murky as shown in the scan. Hopefully, in the photo taken at natural daylight, you get a better idea of the loveliness of this card. It goes without saying that your satisfaction is guaranteed!
This one features a woman in a gorgeous yellow dress kneeling to look at her reflection at the edge of a river. Like all the women in this series, her hair is a rich burnt orange and she has a red-orange flower behind one ear. The dress is billowy with long sleeves off the shoulders, exposing the woman's decolletage -- that subtle Kirchner hint of erotica. Kirchner has conveyed this woman's beauty with merely a few black ink marks against the ecru background.
This card was mailed to Matilde in April 1902 to Barcelona, Spain, from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The sender's calligraphy verso has turned the address into a work of art in itself. The cards shows typical signs of wear around the edges and the top right corner is creased. But all eyes are on the beauty in yellow! Overall, I'd still classify this card as in fine antique condition. This is my favorite one in the series, so I am biased. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
BUY MORE, Save More: Add at least ONE more item to this purchase and you could get up to $35 off and free shipping! See DETAILS on my home page. PLEASE note: As you can see in the last group photo scan, these five cards (mailed from Spain and from France) have different die lots as can happen with any printed item. If you are interested in all five, feel free to make me a group offer. I'll try to get all five listed before the week is over.