Gaston Gérard (1859-19..) the painter is often confused with the mayor of Dijon and his wife's famous chicken dish. Different dates for birth and death are ascribed to Gérard the painter, but I'm going with the information provided by the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France/Federal Library). Alas, not much is known about Monsieur Gérard except that he was born in Saint-Mandé . He is simply described as a painter, watercolorist and engraver. Here in hand is what we can know for sure: his Art Nouveau designs garnered enough attention to be listed among this rare Masters of the Postcard series! The undivided back tells us this card was produced before 1904. Foxing verso does not affect the beauty surrounded by flowers on the front. There are a couple of small paper patches in her hair and by the flower vines, dings in the edges. However, the color saturation is most impressive and all eyes are on the lady's eyes! I've included a direct scan as well as two photos taken at natural window light to show just how rich and well preserved this 116+ year old postcard is! Typical antique postcard size of about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
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