By the major 20th century German artist Max Bruning (1887-1968), this original Heliogravure just shouts 'Art Deco'.
From the portfolio 'Max Bruning' published in 1920, comes this large and highly evocative, slightly naughty, Heliogravure of an original watercolor.
Much of Bruning's art dealt with the many elements of eroticism and his 1920's watercolors were regularly issued as 'naughty' postcards.
Untitled, the subject of this Heliogravure is a young woman in early 1920's fashion. In true Max Bruning style she is slightly 'dishabille' with her skirt rising above her knee giving an intimate peek at the hole in her black stocking, as she battles a strong wind.
The color is what is generally accepted as sepia. With a wide range of shades..from the deep cream margins, and light cream fur collar right through to the almost black shoes. A very atmospheric piece.
With the subject measuring 12" x 6 1/3" + very wide margins, this is a size-able piece measuring 19" x 12 1/2" in total. Because of the size there are a few small nicks and bends to the very top and bottom margin edges, where it has been stored. This would be easily matted out or removed, without affecting the piece. And in fact would be beneficial in making the Helio slightly easier to frame.
It is published by F Schonneman m b H Leipzig, and is signed bottom right. The Vintage condition is very good..
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