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Original Signed Art Nouveau French Lithograph 'VDBKiB' 1897
This wonderful Art Nouveau original miniature Lithographic Poster was issued in limited edition (1025) for the Les Affiches Etrangeres series issued in Paris between 1896 and 1899.
Entitled V.D.B.K.i.B. it is by Austrian artist and illustrator Emil Orlik (1870-1932) and was printed in Paris by Chaix and edited by G Boudet in 1897.
In a very limited color palette of rust, orange and deep olive green against a cream ground, it is printed on heavy paper stock and features a young woman with an art board making a pen sketch of a coat of arms.
With 'Printed in Prague in 1895' lower right and 'Orlik 95 original print' lower left, it was originally designed in larger format to promote an art exhibition in Prague in 1895.
Orlik was born in Prague, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was heavily influenced by the simplicity and color palette of Japanese woodblock prints and that influence can be seen clearly in this lovely early lithograph.
Les Affiches Etrangeres (Posters by Strangers) series presented a collection of the greatest posters of La Belle Epoque, by artists foreign to France, in reduced size to the avid poster collectors of Paris, between 1896 and 1899.
Measuring 8 1/2" x 12" full sheet and 6 1/2" x 8 for the image this wonderful lithograph is in very good Antique condition.
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