Oct 02, 2003 - Sale 1978

Sale 1978 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 6,210
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
63x47 inches.
Condition B+: restored losses and restoration in right margin; repaired tears through margin affecting image; restoration along edges.
This is most likely one the earlier poster portraits that Chassaing designed, and Colin's influence on the young artist is extremely apparent. The basic graphic design adheres quite closely to Colin's poster Sylvie (see lot 35), complete with dark planes of color to punctuate the image and large typography arrayed along the bottom. These similarities aside, Chassaing has adopted much more of a caricature style of portraiture than Colin, whose portraits tend to be more realistic. In this poster, Chassaing was lucky enough to catch the rising young starlet just before the peak of her success, which ended abruptly with her untimely death (at 23), in 1931. Janie Marese was born in 1908, and began her show business career by singing operettas at the Theatre Marginy. At the end of 1930, she was chosen by Jean Renoir to co-star with Michel Simon in his film La Chienne. The film was shot in the spring of 1931 and Marese died shortly thereafter in a car accident on the road between St. Maxine and St. Tropez. This is certainly the only poster-portrait that was ever made of her.