Feb 29, 2024 - Sale 2660

Sale 2660 - Lot 14

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000



23¼x16 inches, 59x40½ cm. Eugène Verneau, Paris.
Condition B+: losses in top corners and lower right margin; minor repaired tears at edges; minor losses along horizontal fold; unobtrusive vertical and horizontal folds. Framed.

La Plume had recognized and lauded Ibels' talent in their January 15, 1893 issue. A year later they bestowed 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 some of his favorite characters: a ballet dancer, a harlequin and a Pierrot, who is painting a picture of the ballerina. As with all of Ibels' work, it is an accomplished 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.