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This is one of seven antique postcards I have featuring the artwork of French painter Ernest Gayac (1870-1942). This is one of my favorites: a young woman with her long red-head bound under a turquoise scarf carries an incense burner. Verso, this is entitled Le brûle parfums, which literally means the burning perfumes. The English translation given is "The scent burner." I call her the incense holder. This card may perhaps be part of a series on the history of perfume, because another one I have is "The new perfume," depicting a woman smelling a bottle of perfume. It's difficult to get the exact shades and tones of this artist-signed card, but the colors are rich. The direct scan is the most accurate but I've also included two photos: one taken under a lamp and one taken near natural daylight. Not postally used but I feel confident in dating this card to pre-WWI. Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Now, please note that someone turned this lovely lady into a pin up girl: there is a tack hole at the top of the card. In fact, all the cards have tack holes (and I've priced accordingly). No creases, slightest signs of wear, as to be expected, on the edges.
Ernest Gailhac was born in 1870 in Bordeaux. He attended Saint-Cyr, the foremost French military academy and was a second lieutenant by 1894. But it is said he spent more time making caricatures of his instructors than applying himself to the military studies. However, he resigned after a knee injury that caused him to limp. He went to Paris and established himself, hobnobbing with other artists in the Montmartre area. His artistic talent ranged from oil paintings of erotic, graceful dancers who seem to fly more than dance to caricatures and comic illustrations. The latter can be found in antique copies of the French satirical magazine Le Rire. Gayac eventually returned to his hometown of Bordeaux and sadly, by 1942 when he died, he was unknown. His works are rare. A special thanks for this bit of biographical information provided by Jacques Sargos for a gallery exhibition in Bordeaux.
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Red Headed Beauty with Incense Holder in Hand by French Painter Gayac Unused Antique Postcard
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