Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 26

Price Realized: $ 1,560
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
LUCIEN LEFÈVRE (1850-?) CAFÉ MALT. Gouache and charcoal maquette. 1892.
46 3/4x31 1/2 inches, 118 3/4x80 cm. Chaix, Paris.
Condition B / B-: replaced and overpainted left corner and text; overpainting along repaired tears and restored losses in margins and image; creases through image. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A member of Chéret's design team at the Chaix printing plant, Lefèvre created a number of posters which, while technically and artistically proficient in their own right, clearly reflect the style of his mentor. Comparing this maquette with the printed version of the poster, we can see how the image comes alive with the strokes of gouache and the free rendering which are the privileges of original art. Gold 57 (var), Affichomanie 92 (var).