This is one of several antique pages I have from L'Illustration, a weekly French newspaper/magazine in Paris operating from 1843 to 1944. It often published special art editions and this one, dated April 30, 1010, features "Contemplation," by Edgard Maxence.* This front cover measures about 14.5 by 10.75 inches. It shows some wear but overall for its age, I'd still say it's in fine antique condition. I've included one partial scan (the page is too big to fit completely) and photos. I'm not sure any of them accurately capture the colors but I guarantee that it is beautiful! The printing is richly saturated, muted. Verso, lots of historical advertisements as well as a comic strip!
*Edgard Maxence (1871–1954) 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.)
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