This is an extraordinary Steinlen print, a lithograph signed in the plate and dated 1903, which shows a stunning nude holding a banner celebrating science and work, to a cheering crowd.
All Steinlen's artistic qualities are present in this piece: darkness/"chiaroscuro" and extreme light, muscular strength, socially realistic faces, and altogether what could be called a populist surrealism.
The nude is completely surreal, with a quality announcing Fritz Lang's heroin in the movie: "Metropolis" (1927)
This artwork was the front of a program distributed for a special event in Paris which celebrated Science and Art. The speakers were also celebrities of the time: among others, Sully Prudhomme, the first Literature Nobel Prize, Dr Roux, Pasteur's collaborator and co-founder of the Pasteur Institute, and Jules Massenet, the music composer.
Steinlen was born in Switzerland but lived mostly in Paris. His works are in major Museums.
This is a fantastic Steinlen to own, one of his best in my opinion.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 12 1/2". Width: 9 1/4".
CONDITION: In excellent condition for its 100 years or so.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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