Original Signed French Lithograph 'Automne Nue' 1897.
This unique Original Art Nouveau French Lithograph is another from L'Estampe Moderne series.
The subjects of the work are a pair of tastefully nude young women relaxing by a lake and contemplatively picking ripe fruit from a nearby tree. Interestingly one is turned away from the artist and the other has her facial features blurred. As if we are not meant to know who the sitters were.
Titled ~Automne Nue~ (Autumn Nude), and executed by French artist Emile Rene Menard ~1861-1930~in 1897, this exquisite example of the Classic French Poster was issued in May 1897 in the first collector edition of L'Estampe Moderne series and printed by Champenoise in Paris.
Between 1897 and 1899 the series was issued monthly in Limited Edition (1050), to the avid collectors of Paris, and consisted of 4 stone Lithographs at 3 Francs 50 centimes an issue.
Un-framed and signed in the plate, the sheet measures 16" x 12" and the subject is 10 1/4" x 13 3/4". In over-all good condition there is some slight age appropriate yellowing in the margin and signs of wear to the edges, which will not affect the Lithograph when framed. Please email me if you would like more photographs.
It bears the L'Estampe Moderne official 'blind' stamp in the lower right corner. See picture #2., Picture #3 is a typical cover for the l"Estampe Moderne series and is included for purposes of authenticity only~it is not for sale.
A copy of this unique Lithograph is also part of the collection of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
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