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Artist: T. A. Steinlen Swiss (1859-1923)

Item: em56

Title: Bal de barriere
(Dance on the outskirts of town)

Description: Cond. A, Original Lithograph,
issued by L'Estampe Modern, June 1898,
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Certificate of Authenticity.
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Catalogue reference: Crauzat 520.

Sheet Size:12 in x 15 3/4 in
 31 cm x 40 cm
Price: temporarily out of stock

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In a ballroom, couples are dancing under a luster. The orchestra is situated in the back, and in front of it people are having drinks at tables. Steinlen illustrates this strong moment of the ballet in this lithograph. Data, dressed with a silk coat that was sewn by fairies, acts like a princess by displaying her beauty. The scene depicted was inspired by a passage in Germinie Lacerteux by Ed. And J. de Goncourt. (French, brothers, 182296, 183070)

His masterful drawings, hundreds of which were seen in publications across France including Gill Blas and Le Rire, demonstrate to us why he was considered one of the great draughtsmen among poster artists. Charles Matlack Price writes "An almost unerring excellence and accuracy of proportion are unconsciously felt in even his most fragmented sketches" (C. Matlack Price, p.70)

Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Modern 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. As well as Mucha, some of the contributing artists included Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset. This is from the series with the blindstamp in the margin lower right corner.

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