Getty Images offers "basic" licensing rights to this SEM portrait for $575. That's the right to use a DIGITAL image (photo only) of this art work under certain terms and conditions, not including the right to print art work or posters. So never under estimate the value of your postcards! You can have an original, unused, antique postcard printed by Alfred Noyer of Paris for much less. Noyer was a member of the Salon de Paris. He photographed paintings for the Salon and other institutions for the production of art cards. This rich sepia postcard is typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. There is a light superficial mark across the bottom of Flameng's suit jacket that you have to strain to see and some signs of age/wear on the edges, but overall, this card is in fine condition, especially considering its age. If you use the zoom tool, you'll see that SEM dated his portrait 1913. So I feel confident in saying that this postcard was produced for/by the Musée du Luxembourg that year or soon after.
Georges Goursat (1863–1934), known as SEM, was a French caricaturist famous during the Belle Époque. You may not recognize his name, but you've likely seen reproductions of his art on many posters. Most notably, for me anyway, is his design work for the iconic Maxim's restaurant in Paris. But here, instead of the exaggerated lines of a caricaturist, we have a rare and realistic portrait by SEM of one of his contemporaries, the famous French artist François Flameng at the horse races at Ascot. Indeed, it was at the horse races that SEM's career took off. "Goursat arrived in Paris in March 1900, at the time of the opening of the Universal Exposition. He picked horse races as his way of entry in high society. [One popular horse race track is in Paris' Bois de Bologne, the Hippodrome de Longchamp.] In June, three months after his arrival, he self-published a new album, Le Turf, with caricatures of many prominent Parisian socialites. The success of this album made him famous overnight." (Thanks to Wikipedia for this information.)
The Musée du Luxembourg is a museum at 19 rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
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