The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, published a lush biography of the greatest French Art Deco artists who make up its collection at the Met, and who have earned the esteem of collectors and museums worldwide. One of them is Parisian artist Paul Vera (1882-1957), (French Art Deco pub 2014, pp 224-237), whose paintings, tapestries, woodblocks, and graphic designs for textiles and wallpapers defined much about French taste in the Art Deco era. Of Vera’s work, the Met writes, “Vera’s robust, ruddy figures – in contrast to the elegant, lithe sophisticates generally associated with Art Deco – personify the very spirit of France as embodied in the stalwart yet humble peasants who for centuries worked the land.”
The charming woodblock print we are offering is typical of his work in the mid 1920s, featuring robust ladies who have shed their clothes to sunbathe by the water’s edge as sailboats drift by. Signed in the woodblock, you will notice that in the reverse printing, Vera’s name is also reversed. The image is 19.5 cm by 13.5 cm. Unframed. Slight yellowing of the rag paper, but in excellent vintage condition.