This is one of several antique art prints I have listed that was published by L'Illustration, a weekly French newspaper/magazine in Paris operating from 1843 to 1944. It often published special art editions as well individual prints like this one. The original "Book of Peace" oil painting on wood panel by Edgard Maxence (1871–1954) can be viewed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. Maxence exhibited it at the 1913 Salon de Paris. This black and white print still captures Maxence's style, a very ethereal, spiritual feel. There's such a contrast between the the subject's porcelain ghostly white skin and the dark surroundings. These two women virtually glow!
The page measures just under 15 inches by about 10.25 inches. The print itself is about 7.75 by 11.75 inches. It is attached to the border page at the left side. Verso is blank. The first photo is a direct scan and the rest are photographs. The print is overall in fine antique condition considering its age. The bottom left corner turns up, but once matted and framed properly, it will look fine -- it's not creased. I've included a photo of the postcard version. I think it would be rather "artsy" to frame the large black and white print with the colored postcard as an inset. (If you don't already have the postcard in your collection, I'll include it for free with this print.) All computer screens are calibrated differently, so I'm not sure what colors you're seeing and I don't think the scan nor the photos accurately capture the matte gray and blue-green border on the black and white print, but between them all, you get an idea.
Maxence was a French Symbolist painter born in Nantes, France. 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! 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. (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.)
Two antique French postcards featuring Maxence's art are listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8638/Two-Edgard-Max78ence-Antique-French-Religious
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