Edgard Maxence (1871–1954) was a French Symbolist painter born in Nantes, France. I recently discovered him and am quite smitten with his style. On a non-religious theme, Maxence is famous for beauties shown smoking on Job cigarette advertisement postcards. But it's his religious images that I find ... well, other worldly! If these art reproduction postcards are this striking in sepia, imagine what the real thing in full color must look like. The Salon de Paris card is Maxence's work entitled "Le Vitrail Blue (blue). Needless to say, I'm constantly checking my French connections for a color version of this. The other item, Spirit of the Forest, is a card produced by the Nantes museum. Both of these cards are unused and in overall fine condition. Both cards are about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Maxence was a recognized artist in his day. He exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Français from 1894 until 1939, and was active on the salon's committees and juries. Maxence combined a highly trained technique with a taste for medieval and mythical subjects and for hermetic imagery.* Sadly, nowadays, he's almost unknown. One of the truly valuable things about postcards is that these miniature pieces of ephemera have preserved a lot of history and art!
*Thanks to Wikipedia for this information. I highly recommend you look up Wiki's information about Maxence, if nothing else but to see a photo of the artist wearing 'sabots,' the French version of Dutch wooden shoes.
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