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GEORGES LEPAPE (1887-1971) "Les Oiseaux Blancs." Version of cover for Femina, published in the magazine's quarterly war issue, June 1917. Mixed media, including gouache, watercolor, graphite, and gold highlighting on paper. 293x237 mm; 11 1/2x9 1/4 inches, on 11 3/4x9 1/2-inch sheet. Titled in graphite in lower left margin; signed "Geo. Lepape" and dated 1917 in lower right image, in ink. Inscribed near and underneath signature "A mes chers parents / [souvenirs bien affectueux] / 19 mai 1919." Hinged to backing board with matte.
This original gouache was subsequently reproduced in Georges Lepape, ou l'élégance illustrée by Claude Lepape and Thierry Defer (Paris: Herscher, 1983), page 92.