May 19, 2022 - Sale 2605

Sale 2605 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 2,860
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000

BERNARD BÉCAN (1890-1943)

FIÈVRE. Circa 1921.

52 3/4x66 1/4 inches, 134x168 1/4 cm. Atelier Becan, Paris.
Condition B: replaced losses and extensive repaired tears, creases and abrasions in margins and image and along vertical and horizontal folds.

Bécan was an illustrator, painter and poster designer with a handful of impressive Art Deco posters to his credit. This exceptional, atmospheric image captures all of the romance, intrigue, sleaze, debauchery, flavor and lust of the dirty Marseille bar where this story takes place. The film, directed by Louis Delluc, is the story of a brutish owner of a bar, his wife and her former lover who has sailed into port from the Orient with a new young woman by his side. Pictured are the sailor and Sarah (the wife of the owner) dancing, with her husband looking on with an unpleasant countenance. The tulip, pictured prominently, also plays an important, symbolic role in the story. Rather ironically, the movie being promoted by this enormous poster was a short film. An excellent review of the film and the director can be found here: