Vintage French copy of Louis Icart print Le Bonnet Bleu with a turquoise matte, circa 1940.
The French dry point etching depicts the beauty of a 1920s female in a flowing gown, which pours into the background. Accompanied by three active dogs the female portrays a playful look.
Louis Icart was born in Toulouse in 1890 and died in Paris in 1950. He lived in New York during the 1920s and became known for his art-deco color etchings of glamorous women. Icart soon discovered the play writings of Victor Hugo, the tales full of romantic imagery and dilemmas of the human condition soon inspired him to become involved in the arts.
The term Art Deco coined in 1925 at the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs had captured Paris. During this time Icart was working for both publications and major fashion and design studios. His etchings reached their height in brilliance during the Art Deco era. Although Icart created a picture of Paris and New York life in the 1920s, he also worked in his own style modeled after the 18th century French masters such as Jean Antoine Watteau.
The Art Deco era was a period of perfection and is reflected in his etching work and craftsmanship; it was also a period of sophistication. Women at the time were losing the overflow of lace, cotton and high necklines replacing it with clothing that clung to the body. These new trends in society can be scene in his art and illustrations for the magazine Luxe de Paris.
His portrayal of women is usually sensuous, erotic and permeates a feeling of humor. The women of France express passion, dismay or surprise, they are the women we imagined them to be.
Dimensions: 26.25″H x 22.25″W