This is No. 38 in a series of artist-signed postcards featuring portraits of dancers. This one by Bordeaux-born painter Ernest Gayac (1870-1942) is entitled "A Daughter of India" or Hindu Dancer. This is one of seven in this antique series I have available; the others as seen in the last photo are listed separately. The group photo taken near a window distorts the color but shows up details such as the sad tack marks at top and bottom (nothing a little mat and frame wouldn't fix). Unused and no creases. The printer's info verso helps us date this card. P.J. Gallais & Cie was one of the shorter-lived Paris-based postcard publishers, only in operation from 1910 to 1917. So this cards is at least 100 years old. 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."
Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. To see all the cards available, use GAYAC in the word search box. Remember: BUY MORE, Save More: Check on my home page for details on discounts I offer on multiple purchases: savings from $10 to $35 plus free shipping. These discounts apply even when purchasing cards already marked down and on sale.
Ernest Gailhac was born in 1870 in Bordeaux. He attended Saint-Cyr, the foremost French military academy and was a second lieutenant by 1894. But it is said he spent more time making caricatures of his instructors than applying himself to the military studies. However, he resigned after a knee injury that caused him to limp. He went to Paris and established himself, hobnobbing with other artists in the Montmartre area. His artistic talent ranged from oil paintings of erotic, graceful dancers who seem to fly more than dance to caricatures and comic illustrations. The latter can be found in antique copies of the French satirical magazine Le Rire. Gayac eventually returned to his hometown of Bordeaux and sadly, by 1942 when he died, he was unknown. His works are rare. A special thanks for this bit of biographical information provided by Jacques Sargos for a gallery exhibition in Bordeaux.
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