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Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
HENRI-GABRIEL IBELS (1867-1936)
SALON DES CENT / SALON DE LA PLUME. 1894.
23x15 1/2 inches, 58 3/4x39 1/2 cm. Eugène Verneau, Paris. Condition A-: margins trimmed to image; minor creases in image; small pin holes in corners and at edges. Matted and framed.
La Plume had recognized and lauded Ibels' talent in their January 15, 1893 issue. A year later they bestowed a further honor on him by commissioning him to design the poster for the first Salon des Cent. For his poster he employed a palette of five colors, softly gradated between green and brown. The image is composed of many of his favorite characters: a ballet dancer, a harlequin and a Pierrot who is actually painting a picture of the ballerina. As with all of Ibels' work, it is a high-standard drawing of intense poetical elegance. "Remarkable in more than one way, this poster presents a resolutely modern composition and a framing which reveal the position of the ballerina in a depthless, indefinite space, as well as the perfect integration of the text to the image" (Salon des Cent p. 55). DFP-II 472, Reims 754, Salon des Cent 22.