This is one of seven antique postcards I have featuring the artwork of French painter Ernest Gayac (1870-1942). This one is entitled "Autumn." She looks like a Valkyrie to me. Very goddess like. Alas, someone turned her into a pin up girl: yes, there are tack marks at the top and bottom of the card. The printer's note verso helps us date this unused postcard. P.J. Gallais & Cie were one of the shorter-lived Paris-based postcard publishers, only in operation from 1910 to 1917. My favorite postcard history site, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York, says this company produced "artist signed cards, political satire, and risque subjects all in chromolithography."
Now, I spend way too much time trying to get the exact shades and tones of these artist-signed cards, but between the direct scan and the photos taken under different light, I hope that you will see the rich, saturation of the colors, the beauty and quality as well as the blemishes. Nothing to hide here. So when you get your card, the only surprise you get is seeing how much better it looks in hand!
No creases, but hints of wear on the edges as to be expected for a card this old: 1917 or earlier. In the group photo, this is the card with the coffee stains verso:) Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
As I've mentioned on the listings of Gayac postcards, his work is hard to come by. The cards I've seen usually feature full body dancers, almost flying it seems more than actually dancing. But these cards all focus on the upper body. This one is "Autumn" and how I'd love to find the other three seasons. Trust me, I'll keep looking!
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