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LOUIS ICART Original Erotic Etching for La Nuit et la Moment pub. 1946, With COA
Louis Icart was affectionately called the Parisian Dreamer. He was a wildly popular artist in his native France, and in America, where his work made its debut in 1922. Prolific from 1911 until his death in 1950, Icart's work glorifies women and love and the spirit of that magic time between the two world wars. Beginning in 1926, along with his larger etchings and a limited number of watercolors and oils, he began to publish smaller etchings in several collectible and often erotic books, called the livre d'artiste series, intended only for the French market and limited to between 150 and 500 copies. Although wealthy French art patrons originally purchased these books, over time, many were dismantled and the etchings framed and sold commercially, finding their way to the US market, too. This one is a first-state sepia etching for La Nuit et le Moment, by Claude Prosper de Crebillon, published in 1946. It is typical of his erotic but tasteful work for which he was famous. The image measures 5" by 7" and the professional framing measures 16" by 19". This comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Canadian Gallery from which we acquired it.
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