A+, Original Lithograph,
issued by L'Estampe
Issue Number 7, Nov. 1897.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone lower left.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat,
with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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The more serious side of Levy's work is beautifully exemplified by
this spiritual portrait of Rabbi Elisha the Blind (l'aveugle in French).
Although the aged tzadik can not see, and so must be read to, his
face is illuminated by the light of the Torah.
Alphonse Lévy was an illustrator, painter and cartoonist, who
is famous for his illustrations for and about the Jewish community.
Born in Marmoutier, Lévy eventually settled in Paris, where he worked
at the atelier of academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Starting in 1865,
he worked as a comical illustrator for magazines like La Lune (a satrical
magazine against the regime of Napoleon III), La Rue, La Chronique
Illustrée, L'Eclipse, Le Journal Amusant, La Caricature and Le Rire.
Comic art by Alphonse Levy
During the Franco-Prussian war, Lévey satirized both camps in his
cartoons for Le Journal Amusant, Le Boulevardier, and Le Petit Journal
Pour Rire, which he signed with Saïd around this time. In the early
20th century, he started working on his series of lithographs about
Jewish life in the Alsace area. Lévy produced a series of comics
for L'Illustré National between 1900 and 1902. Lévy's next comics
work appeared in L'Épatant in 1915, 'Les Excentricités de Courbouillon'.
Alphonse Lévy passed away in Alger in 1918.
Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe
Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published
by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios,
with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for
this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead,
Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.