Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 30

Price Realized: $ 1,170
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
43 1/2x26 1/2 inches, 110 1/2x67 1/4 cm. Affiches Artistiques Malherbe, [Paris.]
Condition B / B+: replaced losses and overpainting in margins; minor restored losses, creases and restoration along vertical and horizontal folds; pencil notation and stamp in lower margin. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
This is the first poster of Grasset's that exhibits his artistic style at its full maturity. Victor Arwas explains that to advertise this ink company, Grasset depicts a "dreamy young woman" who is preparing to use her quill, and how the "looming clouds rival the decorative flow of her long hair." Ann Murray Robertson points out "how ingenious [Grasset] was to integrate text and image, turning the advertising panel into an accessory of the décor." Arwas p. 33, Grasset p. 115, Maitres pl. 158, Weill p. 32, Gold 3, Art Nouveau p. 100, Maitres 1900 p. 23, DFP-II 404, Abdy p. 122, Schardt p. 81.