May 19, 2022 - Sale 2605

Sale 2605 - Lot 86

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000

ORSI (1889-1947)


61 1/2x45 inches, 156 1/2x114 1/4 cm. Bedos & Cie, Paris.
Condition A: minor creases in margins. Framed.

The expansive Bénézit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, writes of Orsi that "his name should have an important place in the history of posters on behalf of his innovative aesthetics." Bénézit goes on to praise Orsi's sense of simplification, his bright colors and his creative ideas, and further estimates that Orsi designed as many as 1,000 posters. Despite this prodigious output, nothing else has been written on the artist and no portrait of him exists. Philips was one of his primary clients. Here, the Pointillist effect he creates to advertise a fluorescent light bulb is a classic example of the extent of his talent. The diagonal of the bulb itself, the unique handling of the coloring, the typography and the overall feeling of fluorescence make this an exceptional image.